It turns out the joys of thumping EDM and endless vodka Red Bulls has an expiry date. “We’re both 35 this year and hanging out at GPO and The Met on a Friday and Saturday night is just a little weird,” Trent Meade admits.
Meade and business partner Matt Blyth are marking a coming-of-age in business and life with Isles Lane, a new CBD venue. It will lead a rebrand of their Revelry hospitality group as Celissa, which will now focus on food and drinks.
“We’re getting older and our tastes have changed,” Meade says. “It makes sense to deliver a venue with the food we love, beers we love, wines we love – a venue that we really want to be in.”
Overlooking the lush green lawns of Post Office Square, Isles Lane will operate seven days a week as a relaxed park-side pub in the city heart. Sydney’s AZB Creative will transform the dark black walls and dated gold ceiling of the old Rush CBD into a light-filled interior that connects with the park. Big bi-fold doors will open up the venue. White walls and lots of greenery will bring the outside in.
“We’ve got one of the best climates in the country – maybe the world,” says venue manager Greg McLellan. “We wanted to make that an important part of it.”
Unlike much of the city, Isles Lane intends to open weekends with plans to stage big drawcard events. “I think there is a lot of opportunity [to] bring this part of the city back to life on the weekend,” McLellan says, adding that the green space makes the location ideal for families after shopping in Queen Street Mall.
Isles Lane will pour local craft brews from 12 taps and grind beans from Sunshine Coast roaster Kai Coffee. Food will have a gastro-pub slant; lobster rolls, beer-can chicken and roasted bone marrow will feature.
Isles Lane will open in Post Office Square in mid-April.