James Street has for years been slowly shifting the balance of Fortitude Valley, its highfalutin strip of shops and eateries a counterpoint to the suburb’s grungier tendencies closer to Brunswick Street.
Pride of place when it opens in September will be The Calile, the new Richards and Spence designed boutique hotel occupying the corner of James and Doggett streets.
Today, the hotel announced that coinciding with its launch would be the opening of a new dining “micro precinct” named Ada Lane. Running between the hotel and Pottery Barn, the development will feature five new street-level tenancies dedicated to food and drink, all due to open late 2018. As is typical of the Richards and Spence designs that already dominate the area, the outlets will feature white brick, structural concrete and natural stone, open-rooftop rooms and integrated gardens.
The precinct joins 12 new fashion and design retailers occupying the ground floor of The Calile and the recently announced import of Gold Coast superstar Hellenika, set to open on the hotel’s pool deck in September.
“I had been looking in Brisbane for about four to five years for the perfect site,” Hellenika owner Simon Gloftis said in a statement. “Once [I saw] a pic of The Calile that was that ... Hellenika just looked like it needed to be in that building.”