Here at The Urban List HQ, news of new ventures continues to trickle in at an astounding rate. Though we’re first to admit, we get extra excited when those new ventures are projects by our long-standing favourites. Gold Coast restaurateurs and cafe owners who’ve helped build the foundations of our blossoming coffee and foodie culture, stretching their wings and sharing their passion and skills further north or south.
So it’s fair to say we’re stoked to share news of three newbies to put on your radar in the second half of 2017. These are three names you’ll definitely recognise and who might just be coming to a corner near you.
Barefoot (Barista) | Coming To Mermaid Beach
We know we won’t be the only ones frothing at this news. With firm roots in Palm Beach with Barefoot (Barista) and Burleigh with Borough (Greens), come early summer, these icons of the Coast’s coffee culture are migrating north to Mermaid Beach. True story! Having just collected the keys to a space next door to Poke Poke, Mermaid Beach residents will soon be within walking distance of some of the best bacon and eggs rolls in the business, smoothest Gabriel coffee and effortlessly hip vibes. We’ll be eagerly watching for the signs to go up marking the arrival of Background (Barista), and we’ll be back to share more when the first hints of coffee beans start wafting from inside.
Greenhouse Canteen & Bar | Coming To Coolangatta
Loyal vegan supporters have had a Greenhouse-sized hole in their heart ever since Greenhouse’s original Kirra location closed its doors to development. Sure, it’s only a 25-minute drive up the highway to their thriving Miami eatery but, we get it, sometimes you want that goodness right in arm’s reach. Founders Natalie and Charlie Evans are teaming up with one of their most besotted customers from Kirra (all the warm and fuzzies) to bring the Greenhouse name and philosophy back to the southern end—Coolangatta’s Griffith Street, to be precise. Expect many of the Greenhouse plant-based faves featuring on the menu, loads of leafy things hanging from the rafters, signature design elements and a magical greenhouse-style glass-lined roof over the rear dining room. Yep, we’ll be first on their doorstep for chickpea fries and jackfruit enchilada when Greenhouse Canteen & Bar Coolangatta opens mid to late spring. #crueltyfreeandkillingit
The Salt Mill | Coming To Kingscliff
Sure, it’s not technically the Gold Coast, but take a jaunt south across the border on any sunny weekend and you’ll agree, the Tweed Coast is a sleepy pocket of paradise that we’d happily adopt as our own. In that case, you’ll be intrigued to learn Currumbin’s hole-in-the-wall institution, The Salt Mill, is well underway fitting out another pocket-sized cafe on the southern end of Kingscliff. Due to open mid-spring, while finer details are under wraps for now, we can expect lots of recycled wood in the design and, most importantly, just like their Currumbin location, you’ll be ordering Allpress coffee, smoothies and acai bowls only a towel throw from the glistening white sand of Kingscliff Beach.
Looking to pass the time between now and then? Here's a swag of Gold Coast markets to check out this spring.
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