West End's massive West Village precinct continues to get bigger and bigger. The project — which is still in development — has held everything from ice cream festivals to weekend providore markets since it was approved in 2016, but this October, the $800 million project will unveil some new additions.
From October, the former Peters Ice Cream Factory site will be home to The Garden Pantry and The Common. The former is a casual dining precinct that'll feature multiple eateries, plus indoor and outdoor seating. As for the latter, it's a 24-hour public space brimming with grass, trees, plants, a water installation and a field of lights.
In short, the inner-city development is gaining a heap of new dining options and a lush place to hang out. The Garden Pantry's restaurant lineup will include Cheeky Poke Bar, Mr. Bunz and Salt Meats Cheese as its first tenants. That means that West Enders can expect Hawaiian-inspired bowls, pan-Asian baos and Italian, well, everything. And, it's all coming from tried-and-tested sources, with each of the three headline eateries setting up its second Brisbane locations.
Because making food is as fun as eating it, West Village will also be the site of SMC's first Brisbane cooking school, which'll open its doors in the site's Factory Lane. Joining the restaurant's usual array of cheese wheel pasta dishes, all-you-can-eat pizza nights and plentiful cocktails, the cooking school will host hands-on classes on how to make gnocchi, other pastas and desserts, including gluten-free options.
Unsurprisingly, in terms of decor, the new spaces will play up the garden theme — both in The Garden Pantry space, which will be decked out tropical-style, and in The Commons' greenery-filled garden area.
Later this year, West Village will open Factory Lane, and add a new arts and events studio called The Bromley Room #2.
The Common and The Garden Pantry and its restaurants are set to open in October at West Village, which is located at 97 Boundary Street, West End. We'll keep you updated on any new developments.