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The Queensland government recently announced its three-stage roadmap to ease coronavirus restrictions over the coming months.
A major part of Stage One was last weekend’s reopening of restaurants, cafes and pubs for dine-in patrons. But it’s not a case of simply throwing open the doors and returning to business as usual. Instead, venues will be limited to serving just 10 patrons at any one time. Which means some are choosing to reopen, while others are keeping their powder dry until restrictions are further eased in June and then July.
Here are the venues that have reopened. We'll keep updating this list as more operators confirm their plans. Remember: book ahead wherever and whenever possible.
• 1889 Enoteca, Woolloongabba. One of Brisbane’s favourite Italian restaurants will be back in action from this Saturday, May 21. Dinner is daily with lunch on Sundays. Reservations are for two hours, only. Bookings can be made via email@example.com or phone on (07) 3392 4315.
• Alchemy, CBD. Alchemy is hosting two 10-person dinner sittings, six nights a week. Times are either 5.30pm to 7.30pm or 7.45pm to 9.30pm. For more info see alchemyrestaurant.com.au/bookings or call (07) 3229 3175.
• At Mr & Mrs Jones. The Portside Wharf restaurant and wine bar has reopened for Saturday and Sunday lunch. There are three sittings available each service. Bookings are essential on 0408 238 498.
• Baja, Fortitude Valley. Baja is running a tasting menu for bookings of 10 people. To book, call (07) 3625 0069 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The Balfour Kitchen, New Farm. The Balfour Kitchen has reopened for limited dining. Bookings are essential – ring (07) 3358 8888 to reserve a table.
• Belvedere Bar n Grill. The Portside Wharf restaurant has reopened for dinner on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, with a 5pm to 7pm and 7.15pm to 9.15pm sitting available each night. It's also opening for Sunday lunch, 11am to 2pm. You can book by phone ((07) 3630 041), text (0451 836 958) or the restaurant’s website. Walk-ins subject to availability.
• Bird’s Nest, Fortitude Valley and West End. Bird’s Nest’s Valley and West End restaurants have reopened for limited lunch and dinner dine-in services. Reservations are recommended. Book online here.
• Black Hide Steakhouse, Caxton Street. This popular Caxton Street steakhouse is offering limited dinner sittings from Tuesdays to Saturdays and lunch sittings from Tuesdays to Fridays. For more info see blackhidesteakhouse.com.au or call (07) 3369 9500.
• Byblos Bar. The Portside Wharf favourite has reopened for lunch and dinner, Wednesday to Saturday. Two sittings are available for each service with drinks served in the afternoon. Bookings are essential. For more information, see here.
• Donna Chang, CBD. The enormously popular CBD Chinese restaurant has reopened its private dining room for bookings. Email email@example.com for info.
• Electric Avenue, Woolloongabba. Dan Rodriguez’s Woolloongabba bar and restaurant is offering limited dinner sittings Wednesday through Saturday nights. For more info call 0412 603 276 or see electricavenuejr.com.au.
• Gambaro Seafood Restaurant, Caxton Street. The iconic Caxton Street seafood restaurant has a limited dinner service from Tuesdays to Saturdays and lunch service Tuesdays to Fridays. For more info see gambaro.com.au or call (07) 3369 9500.
• The Golden Pig, Newstead. Katrina Ryan’s celebrated restaurant has reopened for a Wednesday-to-Sunday dine-in banquet service. There are two sittings available: 5.45pm to 7.45pm, and 8pm to 10pm. For more info and to book, see goldenpig.com.au or call (07) 3666 0884.
• Gusto da Gianni. This Portside Wharf institution has reopened for dinner, Wednesday to Saturday. Two sittings are available for each service. You can book on (07) 3868 2011.
• Happy Boy, Fortitude Valley. Enormously popular Valley restaurant Happy Boy is taking 10-person bookings for two sittings – 5.30pm and 7.45pm. Diners can choose between either a Happy Boy banquet menu or a Kid Curry banquet menu. Both are priced at $90 per person for food and drinks. To book, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Les Bubbles, Fortitude Valley. The popular Valley steak house has reopened for a limited dinner service. Seating times are strict and guests are limited to a 90-minute dining period. Bookings are essential via lesbubbles.com.au/book or 0444 573 955.
• Maeve Wine, South Brisbane. This beautiful upstairs bistro has reopened for weekend lunch walk-ins and for dinner Friday to Sunday (bookings are essential for dinner). Time slots are 4pm to 5.30pm, 5.30pm to 7pm, 7pm to 8.30pm and 8.30pm to 10pm, with diners given the choice of four set menus. Book here.
• Mizu, Teneriffe. Teneriffe stalwart Mizu is back in business, running 10-person services for lunch and dinner. For dinner there’s a 5.30pm and 6.30pm sitting. For reservations, phone (07) 3254 0488.
• Mosconi, Fortitude Valley. This tiny Italian restaurant in Fortitude Valley has reopened for 10-pax-max dining. It’s offering its entire dining room for bookings of 10 people, plus a few options for smaller groups. Online bookings only via Mosconi’s website.
• Red Hook, CBD. Red Hook has reopened with its New York-inspired menu of burgers, wings and beers. Large bookings (up to a maximum of 10 people, of course) are welcome. To book, call (07) 3220 0462 or email email@example.com.
• Reuben’s Deli, Paddington. Reuben’s has reopened to once again serve its New York-inspired menu of deli-style sandwiches, burgers and drinks. It’s open for lunch Tuesday to Sunday and dinner Thursday to Saturday. Larger reservations will need to book on (07) 3367 2447.
• Shunsai, Woolloongabba. Japanese restaurant Shunsai has reopened. To book, text 0415 162 612 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and phone number, booking date and time, and the number of the guests.
• Umami, Fortitude Valley. Umami is running an abridged takeaway menu and newly introduced yum cha menu for dine-in Thursday to Sunday for dinner, and Saturday and Sunday for lunch. For more info, see umamirestaurant.com.au.
• The Wolfe, East Brisbane. Josh and Krystal Lopez have reopened their East Brisbane fine diner for limited lunch and dinner service Wednesday to Saturday. Options include a $100-per-head set menu, a degustation menu and a lobster lunch special. You’ll need to book a table here
• Billykart West End, West End. The original Billykart in Annerley remains takeaway-only, but its West End sibling has reopened for limited dine-in service. Brunch is available daily with a stripped-back dinner menu available Wednesday through Saturday. Email email@example.com to make a reservation.
• Farmhouse, Kedron. The Kedron cafe has reopened for bookings only, with 90 minutes allotted per booking. Call (07) 3861 1956 for more information and to book.
• Industry Beans, Fortitude Valley. This slick Melbourne import has reopened for limited service in its courtyard from 8am to 3pm. Expect an abridged selection of eats based on its current takeaway menu. More info is available here.
• Morning After, West End. This classy brunch spot has reopened for 10-person-max service from 7am. Bookings are encouraged with seatings limited to one hour in duration. The details of every diner are recorded. For more information and to book, see here.
• Naim, Paddington. The Middle East-inspired Paddington cafe, restaurant and bar has reopened for a super stripped back dine-in service for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Walk-ins are preferred, with limited bookings available here.
• Pearl, Woolloongabba. This longstanding Woolloongabba cafe will reopen for breakfast from Thursday, May 21. Bookings are essential on the weekend. For more information, see the cafe’s Facebook page.
• Sister, Hawthorne. Daniel and Hannah Bowles’s terrific Hawthorne cafe is back in action for limited dine-in service. Seatings are for one hour with a maximum of four people per table. All diners must order food and drink. Bookings are recommended via phone on 0413 760 382.
• Alba Bar & Deli, CBD. Jamie Fleming’s exceptional little CBD is taking bookings of up to 10 people for its conservas menu. Seating times at night are restricted to a 5.30pm to 8pm sitting, and an 8.30pm to late sitting. To book, email firstname.lastname@example.org with a name, phone number, preferred booking time and number of guests. A 20 per cent deposit will be taken with each booking.
• Brewdog Dogtap, Murarrie. This enormous brewpub in Murarrie is taking bookings for lunch and dinner. It’s serving its full menu, washed down with five tap beers and an extensive range of bottled and canned brews. For enquiries, email email@example.com.
• City Winery, Fortitude Valley. The working winery in the heart of the Valley has reopened for weekend fireside dining. Call (07) 3854 1392 to enquire about upcoming weekends.
• Hello Gorgeous, Newstead. Justin DeBeer has reopened his snazzy Newstead bar for 10-person private dining. Bookings are available across lunch and dinner, Thursday through Sunday. For more information, see the bar’s Facebook page.
• La Lune Wine Co, South Brisbane. Paul McGivern’s brilliant wine spot has reopened for dinner Tuesday to Saturday 4pm to late, and also for Sunday lunch service. Book ahead via (07) 3255 2420 or lalunewineco.com.au to avoid missing out.
• Mrs Brown’s, Newstead. The (usually) heaving Commercial Road nightspot has reopened for dine-in with 90-minute seatings at 12pm, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm and 8pm, Thursday through Sunday. For more info, see here.
• Nota, Paddington. Sebastiaan de Kort and Kevin Docherty’s Paddington restaurant has reopened for dinner Thursday to Saturday with a $50 minimum spend per diner. Fridays and Saturdays will be limited to a 6pm and an 8.15pm sitting. A credit card number, and the names and contact numbers of all diners are required to secure the table. The restaurant is currently not taking walk-ins. To book, call (07) 3217 6116 and leave your name, contact number and preferred date and time, or visit opentable.com.au.
• Revel Brewing Co, Bulimba. The Bulimba brewpub favourite is now open seven days for 10-pax-max dining, with 4pm, 5.30pm and 7pm seating times available. Each customer must order a meal. Bookings can be made via Open Table.
• Soapbox Beer, Fortitude Valley. Scott Robertson and Luke Nixon’s Valley brewpub has returned for dinner Wednesday to Saturday, lunch on Friday and an afternoon session on Saturday. Seatings are limited to one hour and 45 minutes and bookings are highly recommended (you can do that here).
• The Woods, Mitchelton. Gillian Letham and Gerard Hartnett’s crazy popular suburban bar is back with a limited food and drinks service. There are three bookable sessions each day and meals must be purchased if you want to have a few beers. The bar is keeping the names, residential addresses and contact phone numbers of all guests. Bookings can be made via firstname.lastname@example.org.