Bistro dining, dumplings and espresso bar confirmed for Brisbanes King Street precinct

29 February, 2016 by
Aoife Boothroyd

Located in the heart of the Brisbane Showgrounds, the new King Street precinct has confirmed its first foodservice retailers.

Touted as Brisbane’s brand new high street, the lineup of food offerings for King Street comprises a bar and bistro dining venue, espresso bar and dumpling house.

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Restaurateurs Erica and George Gregan will be opening a bar and all-day dining venue, The George, together with a separate espresso bar, GG Espresso which will be located under the new Kingsgate commercial building.

“Both George and I are very fond of Brisbane, we have a long history with the city. Brisbane has a passion for great coffee and food and the new venue will deliver this throughout the working week,” says Erica Gregan.   

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Gregan says that the menu has been designed by executive chef Paul Cvetko-Lueger from 111 Eagle Street. "He will oversee the new venue," says Gregan. "Our customers can enjoy the same style of quality food at bistro prices."

In terms of the cafe, Gregan says GG Espresso will be open for breakfast and lunch, with drinks and share plates served on Thursday and Friday nights.

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Following the success of their flagship Brunswick Street restaurant Fat Dumpling, David Wang and Janet Cao will also be setting up shop in the new precinct.

“Customers can look forward to experiencing our authentic signature dumplings, and home-style dishes from our family recipes,” says Wang of the new Fat Dumpling location.

“My wife Janet hand makes our dumplings and my daughter, architect Ting is designing the internal fit-out,” he said.

According to Lendlease Brisbane Showgrounds project director, Andrew Hay, King Street forms the heart of the $2.9 billion Brisbane Showgrounds re-development, providing access for vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists, and a new mixed-use destination for inner city Brisbane.

“Our retailers are people who you can get to know, home-grown talent, warm and friendly and who will look after you every time you visit,” says Hay.

“Being able to deliver quality amenity through the new, vibrant King Street is one of the most exciting elements of the showgrounds’ transformation – creating a great place to live both by day and by night."