Gerard's Bistro Is Temporarily Closing for Two Months to Undergo a Massive Makeover

The James Street favourite will serve its last meals for now on Saturday, July 1, then start renovations on a "reimagined exciting dining space".
Sarah Ward
Published on June 27, 2023

When Fortitude Valley favourite Gerard's Bistro said goodbye to Adam Wolfers in March, with the Executive Chef departing for health reasons, it was just one of the acclaimed restaurant's farewells for 2023. Another adieu is coming, and soon, but thankfully this one is only temporary. After the last dinner service on Saturday, July 1, the James Street eatery will shut up shop for two months for hefty renovations.

"The upcoming two months will see us trade our culinary utensils for construction tools, immersing ourselves into this labour of love for a comprehensive makeover. Our team is eager to commence this renovation project, which will culminate in a reimagined exciting dining space," announced the Gerard's Bistro crew via Instagram.


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Exactly what the new-look Gerard's Bistro will entail hasn't yet been revealed, but diners can clearly expect significant changes at the Gerard's Lane spot, which has ranked among Brisbane's best restaurants since first opening its doors 11 years ago in 2012.

For fans of Gerard's Bistro's banquet-style feasts brimming with Maghreb and Middle East flavours — the current menu includes everything from smoked Moreton Bay bugs with baba ghanoush to sujuk-glazed octopus and cardamom ice cream — whether the refurbishment will also come with a revamped menu also hasn't been announced.

Although Gerard's Bistro's won't be welcoming in patrons across until September, with an exact reopening date also yet to be unveiled, Gerard's Bar will remain open. Head to 23 James Street from Thursday–Sunday not just for a mezze spread, and meat and cheese options, but for a full menu.

Also a highlight: the watering hole's cocktail-heavy Sunday sessions, and the drinks list that features baharat margaritas, mango coolers, palomas and mandarin no-gronis among its standout sips.

Find Gerard's Bistro in Gerard's Lane, 14/15 James Street, Fortitude Valley — operating 6pm–late Monday–Thursday, 12–3pm and 6pm–late Fridays, and 5.30pm–late Saturdays until Saturday, July 1, when it closes for two months for renovations. We'll update you with a reopening date when one is announced.

Published on June 27, 2023 by Sarah Ward
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