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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

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