In the 1990s when Lonely Boy co-owner Mal Gill was an apprentice chef, his boss gave him some advice: “If you become a chef, you are going to be a lonely boy.” It’s Gill’s wife and business partner, Bec Saul, who tells this story. “We also like the song, Lonely Boy [by The Black Keys],” she says.
You might recognise the couple from some of their previous venues: popular south-side coffee spot Lady Marmalade, and South Brisbane live-music venue The Milk Factory (or you might recognise them from their stint on the second season of My Kitchen Rules). They currently own Shady Palms in Stones Corner, but will be spending most of their time at their new Spring Hill venue. “We thought we would come back to our roots,” Saul says. “[Lonely Boy is] a cool little building, [serving] awesome food and coffee. Going back to the [Lady] Marmalade kind of way.”
Previously a French patisserie called Les Folies de Paris, the couple has added a long, white bar bench which doubles as the serving counter, along with stool seating and timber touches.
The breakfast menu is concise but boasts elaborate options such as cheddar waffles with creamed corn, fried chicken nuggets and maple drizzle; and a maple-bacon, hash and local haloumi brioche burger. The lunch menu offers “sangas” and salads with a twist – maybe a shredded smoked pork knuckle sandwich; or a lamb, couscous, pomegranate and labne salad. A cabinet displays a selection of goods baked in-house daily including lime cheesecake; blueberry and white chocolate mousse; and chocolate tarts.
Gill and Saul are passionate about supporting small business and brew beans from Open House Coffee Roasters in Yatala. Cold drinks include the Saigon, which consists of condensed milk, water and coffee – a brew Saul says she lived on during a holiday to Thailand. A month from now, the couple hopes to have outside seating in the little laneway behind the venue, and begin dinner service.
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