No, it’s not about the Rick Springfield song.
Susannah Whitehouse and Candy Smith’s new bar, Jessie’s Girl, instead references both the street it’s located on and its slightly feminine vibe. “I feel like a lot of bars in Brisbane in general have [a] very masculine feel,” Whitehouse says. “We are trying to bring something a bit more feminine, a bit more camp, a bit more fun.”
The new venue is slated to open in mid-July in the former premises of Hops, Scotch and Beans. It’s handily located down the road from Whitehouse and Smith’s other venue, Scout, the hugely popular cafe the pair opened in 2013. “We had always liked the site,” Whitehouse says. “The opportunity came up and we grabbed it.”
Whitehouse says the bar won’t have a theme as such, but will be colourfully decorated with ’80s references and sport a bright, neon logo.
Drinks will also have an ’80s focus – think white wine spritzers and Espresso Martinis. A “boozy brunch” will be offered from Friday to Sunday. It’s still in the works but Whitehouse wants a Bloody Mary on tap and will look at creating other breakfast cocktails, such as a “Carrotini” (carrot Martini) and a Britz (a breakfast spritz).
The food menu is yet to be finalised but expect dishes with a European slant.
Jessie’s Girl will open on the corner of Jessie Street and Petrie Terrace in mid-July.