Yeronga locals were left scratching their heads late last year when Miles Gillham’s popular eatery The Hyde Out suddenly closed its doors. But it was only a week later that Kylie and Gavin Bartholomew committed to a lease on the vacated space.
They’ve flipped the script. What was a moody dinner spot that did breakfasts is now a classy breakfast spot that does dinners.
The Bartholomews are hospitality veterans. A desire to go into business together saw them open Home Cafe in Ashgrove in 2013, but the nearly 100-seater Seven South is the first venue that could properly accommodate their ambitions.
“Home was a great cafe but not really something we’d set up from scratch,” Kylie says. She and Gavin sold the venue in late October. “What we’ve done here is follow through on a complete vision.”
Seven South’s space is a clever reinvention of what came before. The Bartholomews have retained The Hyde Out’s feature wall constructed of timber recovered from the 2011 floods, but everything else is a crisp shade of white – ceilings, tiled walls and Harry Bertoia bar stools – with clean timber and brass highlights dotted about the place.
Outside, bi-fold doors open on to a generous al fresco area, four-legged friends welcome (good thing, seeing as Fehlberg Park opposite boasts an off-leash area).
In the kitchen is Sam Potter, who cut his teeth under Philip Johnson at E’cco Bistro. Potter’s menu is about applying clever twists to the classics: there are plenty of poached eggs, say, but they tend to come with seasonal greens or haloumi, or maybe even some charred sweetcorn.
Lunch ranges from Wagyu burgers through to duck salads, while the three-nights-a-week dinner menu is classic modern Australian. Think rib fillet, spatchcock, gnocchi and whiting.
For drinks it’s a case of less is more: a short list of carefully selected Australian wines backed up by a trio of tap beers and numerous bottled options.
The venue had a soft opening a couple of weeks ago and has quickly become a favourite with a mixed suburban crowd: tables of lazy 20-somethings mix easily with family get-togethers. But then providing a hub for the local community was always part of the Bartholomews’ plan. “You build that rapport,” Kylie says. “It’s a space that makes everyone feel welcome.”
92 Hyde Road, Yeronga
(07) 3255 9141
Mon–Wed 6.30am–3.30pm Thu–Sat 6.30am–late Sun 6.30am–4pm