A new food precinct is being created as part of the $450 million dollar redevelopment of Indooroopilly Shopping Centre – which will no doubt come as welcome news to western suburb locals who have always been under-represented.
The new restaurant precinct will be at the Station Road side of the centre (which will become the main entrance) but, rather than food court fast food staples, its offerings will be a lot more upmarket.
There's Nantucket Kitchen & Bar, owned by T. J. Peabody of Craggy Range Winery fame for starters. Peabody says Nantucket will feature a Cape Cod-inspired decor and American-accented food. A charcoal grill will offer a casual share-plate and bar area, and there will be a more formal dining section.
Nantucket will be open from 8.30am for breakfasts, coffee and traditional American pies, through to lunch and dinner, which Peabody says will include eight proteins cooked on the charcoal, as well as American salads such as Waldorf and chopped salad.
The chef is Christopher Sells, who has just left his position at the Jetty in Bulimba. Paul McMillan, the former owner of Manx at Portside, will take charge of the floor.
Peabody doesn't seem concerned about the recent failures of some big restaurant names in Westfield Sydney and is optimistic that the venue will work.
“The western suburbs have always been lacking a bit. We wanted to bring a metropolitan type venue to the suburbs,” he says.
Luke Stringer, general manager of Ole, which is also opening a venue (its second Ole, with the original at South Bank) is unconcerned too. He points out that the restaurants are "at" rather than "in" the shopping centre (entry is from outside). Stringer says the plan is to raise the bar that little bit more with offerings at the new venue. He's keeping mum about the chef, but disclosed he (or she) has come from the kitchen of Ortiga in Fortitude Valley, which closed last year. Stringer says, as well as the regular menu, there will be a dedicated paella section matched with a Spanish-focused wine list.
Also moving in is the team from Gerard's Bistro. The Moubarak brothers, who also own Hatch & Co, Laruche and Lychee Lounge, are playing their cards close to their chest but have confirmed they will have a different concept for their new venue, which, like Gerard's, will be designed by Elie Moubarak. Chef Braden White will consult on the new menu, but is staying at Hatch.
Harajuku Gyoza, which has another branch in Fortitude Valley, will also be taking up a tenancy, along with brand partner Nitrogenie.
A Westfield leasing executive said the company was also looking for the right person to operate a champagne bar.