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FISHY BUSI­NESS

CON­FI­DEN­TIAL Tak­ing over the for­mer Clayfield Aquar­ium site in Bris­bane’s in­ner north, Let Min­now Cafe plans to have din­ers hooked

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The own­ers of Let Min­now Cafe hope to make a splash when they kick off their new ven­ture in the in­ner-north­ern Bris­bane sub­urb of Clayfield next Mon­day. Housed in a his­toric old Queens­lan­der on Park St, Let Min­now oc­cu­pies the old Clayfield Aquar­ium site – and there are plenty of fun, fishy ref­er­ences dot­ted about the menu and venue as a nod to the site’s re­cent past.

The “tinned min­nows” listed for break­fast, for ex­am­ple, are Cuca sar­dines served with a soft-boiled egg, sour­dough and salsa verde, while a “Min­now’s taco” dish has pan-fried, lo­cally caught fish, that change ac­cord­ing to sea­son, served with salsa, gua­camole and chipo­tle mayo.

The pro­ject is the hand­i­work of the McNa­mara fam­ily – par­ents Garry and Jenny and off­spring Hay­den and Lau­ren, to­gether with part­ners Trent Cor­ley and Hope John­son. Chef Amanda Web­ster (ex-Pri­mal Pantry, Nun­dah) will be in the kitchen.

“It will be mod­ern Aus­tralian, but we’ll be do­ing our spin on tra­di­tional dishes and try­ing to sup­port as many lo­cal busi­nesses as pos­si­ble,” man­ager Lau­ren McNa­mara says.

“Our cold-press juices and smooth­ies will fea­ture what­ever fruits are in sea­son and we’ll sell drinks like Krazy Le­mon, which is made in Bris­bane, Bud­erim Ginger Beer and Emma & Toms juices, which are also Aus­tralian-made.”

Break­fast ranges from the likes of lac­tose-free waf­fles and Crust & Co’s fruit toast, through to The Cave­man, fea­tur­ing ba­con, slow-cooked brisket, pesto mush­rooms, roast pota­toes and more, or The Mod­ern, an up­grade of The Cave­man with haloumi and sour­dough.

Lunch could be any­thing from pork shoul­der banh mi through to burgers or roast ve­g­ies.

Cof­fee is grown and roasted in New South Wales by Nat’s Cof­fee. Tea will be supplied by West End Tea Com­pany.

RA­MEN HERE, RA­MEN THERE

The bad news? You’ve missed out on last noo­dles at Taro Aki­moto’s much-loved Taro’s Ra­men & Cafe on Bris­bane’s Ade­laide St. The venue pulled down its shut­ters at the week­end af­ter more than 5½ years, due to build­ing works at Boe­ing House, which is be­ing turned into stu­dent ac­com­mo­da­tion.

The good news? Aki­moto plans to open around the cor­ner at 480 Queen St, along­side the likes of Syd­ney’s Otto Ris­torante in Fe­bru­ary. And you can still visit his buzzy Race­course Rd, As­cot ven­ture, now with iPad or­der­ing. He’s also open­ing an in­terim pro­ject at 288 Ed­ward St, on Septem­ber 7 and will be hi­jack­ing El­iz­a­beth St’s hip Strauss Cafe in Bris­bane this Fri­day evening for a one-off pop up.

“It’s the end of a chap­ter for us in the CBD, but we’ve built a good rep­u­ta­tion,” Aki­moto says. “We had the choice of wait­ing for the ren­o­va­tion to be fin­ished or mov­ing some­where close by.”

His new shop at 480 Queen St will form part of a new food court, but Aki­moto says it will also open evenings, us­ing part of the shared foyer space.

“On the lease, it’s part of the food court, but it’s re­ally more ad­ja­cent to it,” Aki­moto says. “We’ll have 30-40 seats there at lunchtime, and at din­ner­time be­cause of the com­mu­nal ar­eas, we’ll have be­tween 70-80 seats. 480 Queen will also have lots of gar­dens and out­door seat­ing, so peo­ple can also bring their ra­men bowls there.”

ON THE BALL

Love eat­ing cho­co­late and en­joy a bit of bar­gain hunt­ing? Your week­end just got much bet­ter. Lindt & Sprungli Aus­tralia is open­ing its first Queens­land Lindt shop this Satur­day – and it’s cho­sen the ever-ex­pand­ing Bris­bane Air­port DFO as its new home.

To celebrate the de­but, the first 100 cus­tomers through the doors will score 100 Lindt balls each, show­cas­ing the full range of flavours avail­able in Aus­tralia. As well as a swag of new-to-Queens­land cho­co­late treats, the shop will of­fer a cho­co­late bar-dis­pens­ing hot cho­co­late, mocha and more. fion­adon­nelly­bites@gmail.com

 ??  ?? Gone fish­ing: Lau­ren McNa­mara, Trent Cor­ley and their fam­ily are open­ing Let Min­now Cafe in Clayfield. Pic­ture: Tara Croser
Gone fish­ing: Lau­ren McNa­mara, Trent Cor­ley and their fam­ily are open­ing Let Min­now Cafe in Clayfield. Pic­ture: Tara Croser
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