Peter Gloftis is no stranger to King Street. The restaurateur first arrived in the precinct with The Lamb Shop, which has become known for its classy, buzzy take on sizzling Greek-style meat on the spit.
Peter eventually sold The Lamb Shop to new owners but has now returned to King Street with Potato Boy, a love letter to the fish-and-chip shops of his youth. Potato Boy is an eye-popping, Instagrammable takeaway joint in its own right, but is also part of a two-hander with a small specialty coffee shack next door called Northside Coffee Brewers.
Northside Coffee Brewers opened in early July, serving espresso and batch brew to the mix of locals and office workers that mills about King Street Monday to Saturday. It’s not much more than a coffee bar with a handsome ribbed-timber front and a bench on which to knock back a brew and an accompanying counter pastry from Sprout Artisan Bakery. But Northside also acts as a north-of-the-river outpost for micro-roastery Black Sheep Coffee, which is owned by Peter’s brother, Mark Gloftis (he’s also the cousin of Simon Gloftis, of Hellenika and SK Steak & Oyster fame).
For espresso, Northside is pouring two custom Black Sheep blends, one a clean-drinking creation designed specifically for black coffee, and a second for milk coffee that has a “nice, full-bodied chocolate-and-malt profile,” Peter says. There’s also a batch brew that’s being used to showcase a rotating single-origin, along with bottled cold-drip coffee and juices.
Beyond the pastries, there’s the choice of two breakfast burgers – one built on free-range scrambled egg, the other with egg with double-smoked bacon – that come with caramelised onion, cheese and mayo, and are cooked in the Potato Boy kitchen next door.
“It’s quite unique where we have two separate locations under the one lease,” Peter says. “They complement each other. You can order a coffee from Northside and enjoy it at Potato Boy. It all works really well together.”
Northside Coffee Brewers
2 King Street, Bowen Hills
Mon to Fri 7am–2pm