Brisbane Insider March 2017

Sage Hotel opens in Brisbane

Sage James Street

Sage Hotel James Street has opened its doors in Fortitude Valley. Set over four levels, the property consists of 93 boutique hotel rooms and a dedicated style space for fashion, art or creative showings. There is free wi-fi, a cafe, deli and cellar all located in the lobby of the hotel and a restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The location is within the lifestyle precinct of James Street and nestled beside the historic Queens Arms Hotel and a stone’s throw from the city centre.


Artisan fresh food market launches at Southpoint

A 600sqm gourmet market, The Pantry on Grey, has opened at Southpoint. Owned and operated by local produce expert David Faranda, The Pantry on Grey features fresh fruit and vegetables, a full-service delicatessen with a local and international cheese selection, a butcher specialising in dry-aged beef, a fresh juice bar, florist and espresso bar. There is also an in-house chef to prepare take-home meals, salads, sandwiches and wraps.


David Pugh joins BCEC

David Pugh

Chef David Pugh from Restaurant Two fame has joined the award-winning team at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.

David joins the centre’s team of executive sous chefs, in charge of development including responsibility for the newly established dedicated Dietary Kitchen. This is  a first for an Australian Convention Centre, set up to deal with the ever-increasing number of special dietaries which make up 20 - 30 per cent of all meals. As well as spearheading the operations of the special Dietary Kitchen working alongside BCEC consultant, Nutritionist Kerry Leech, David will also oversee menu development for the centre’s restaurants, menu tasting and presentation and VIP events. He will also be in charge of the new Tasting Room, a showcase for the centre’s food and beverage.


Collins Place to become a modern pub

The heritage-listed Collins Place at Southpoint will be transformed into a modern Queensland pub by the Solotel Group, owned by Bruce Solomon and celebrity chef Matt Moran. The team is behind some of Australia’s most-awarded food and beverage establishments such as the Opera Bar and Aria (Sydney and Brisbane) and Riverbar and Kitchen. 

The 127-year-old building is described as an architectural focal point in Anthony John Group’s $600 million mixed-use development in South Bank. The transformation will include design features which will stay true to the building’s rich heritage and Brisbane’s sub-tropical climate.  

Originally built around 1890 for Ship Inn proprietor Michael Foley, Collins Place has lived many lives, from a fashionable residence to police station and restaurant Spaghetti House during World Expo 88.


Pettersson and Holland celebrate 30 years

Swedish duo Hans Pettersson and Jens Holland will mark 30 years in the business this year. The pair have been the hands-on owner/managers of Brisbane’s 121-year-old heritage homestead elite venue Hillstone and adjoining hundred acre bar at St Lucia Golf Course. They’ve launched a new menu by Executive Chef David Nield to celebrate at hundred acre bar. Hans and Jens have been involved with both venues for 30 years.


Brisbane Showgrounds and Royal International Convention Centre (Royal ICC) has launched a new booking website. It replaces the former website and aims to make it easier for users to make enquiries and plan their event online. It includes up-to-date information on the 29 event spaces and the Royal ICC’s menu and parking facilities. The website also features a “What’s On” section of events being held at the showgrounds, and pages showcasing Brisbane and South East Queensland.