Michael and Amy Bates are the founders and former owners of New Farm’s Pablo; they turned that eatery into a local favourite with its homey, DIY atmosphere and hearty brunches.
The Priory Kitchen is a different proposition. A slick TU Projects-designed space in Woolloongabba’s brand-new Trafalgar Lane precinct, the Bates’s new venue has high ceilings and concrete walls, balanced by indoor greenery and a handsome wall decal. In the morning sun that shines through the Stanley Street side it’s a warm, airy and inviting space.
“For us it was a marriage of the warmth that we want to bring to the venue as well as fitting in with the industrial feel of the whole [Trafalgar Lane] project,” Michael says.
The 88-seater has a central island workstation, where a La Marzocco machine brews a house blend of Bear Bones Espresso. A cabinet displays muffins and cakes, baked daily in-house – don’t miss the Caribbean banana bread, made with lime, rum and coconut.
Michael runs the kitchen, serving breakfast and lunch choices ranging from bubble and squeak bhajis (a spicy Indian fritter) served with maple-baked bacon, poached eggs and smoked tomato compote, to brioche French toast with house-made pistachio gelato.
In a few weeks The Priory will open on Thursday and Friday evenings to serve menu items such as buttermilk fried chicken with lime and pomegranate slaw, and slow-cooked beef with cornbread and guacamole.
“We want to create a space away from home where people can come to enjoy some live music, grab a board game, drink a beer with some mates or enjoy some bar snacks,” says Michael. Themed evenings such as wine nights and after-work cocktails will start in few months.
The Priory Kitchen
Shop 4, 855 Stanley Street, Woolloongabba
(07) 3162 5395
Mon to Wed 7am–3pm
Thu & Fri 7am–10pm
Sat & Sun 7am–4pm