Lucky Egg is no stranger to humble beginnings – it operated out of a small shipping container pitched in front of The Brightside in Fortitude Valley.
“That kitchen was a real testament to how much you could do with almost nothing,” says owner Jacob Knauth, who opened Lucky Egg in 2015. “[But] we wanted something that allowed us a better chance at being a real shop by ourselves.”
Hence the move a block over to Brunswick Street Mall. The new 60-seat space is a welcome change both for Knauth and his punters. Formerly the Havana Bar & Kitchen, only a few flashes of marble have been salvaged from the previous space. With the help of builders Peter Bernoth and Talty Sargent, and interior design by Kim Burns of Jumble & Stack, the space is reminiscent of a classic diner with white tiles trimmed by lightly shaded wood.
The eatery is slotted in next to Blute’s Bar – a bar by the team behind Black Bear Lodge and The Brightside that will also flip Knauth’s chicken for late-night snacks.
The new Lucky Egg’s menu is its classic roster – the Original Crispy burger comes with slaw and honey mustard sauce; the Buffalo Crispy burger packs American cheddar, garlic pickles and spinach – but with an added beef burger, juices, smoothies and sodas. Knauth is particularly excited about a Pok Pok Som soda from Portland that cuts through heavier foods. “I’ve finally found the perfect tonic for fried chicken,” he says, laughing.
Fonzie Abbott is on board to provide coffee, plus a dry, rye lager for the other end of your day.