New Meat-Free Wine Bar Set to Open in West End

From South Brisbane’s El Planta duo, Adrienne Jory and Rick Gibson, watch out for Bar Francine, landing on Vulture Street in West End before 2022 ends, featuring a plant-based menu with a touch of seafood and a carefully curated selection of wines sourced from Australian small producers.

The space previously occupied by All The Green Things located on Vulture Street in West End will soon host the new 50-seat venue with an interior fit-out that abounds with timber and a casual vibe. In its backyard will be a function space that will sit next to a vegetable garden.

Bar Francine venue
Photo Credit: Google Maps

Adrienne Jory and Rick Gibson’s first venture was El Planta, a plant-based tacos restaurant, as a pop-up venue at Wandering Cooks in South Brisbane. The restaurant became such a huge hit that it finally needed a place of its own.

Coming on the heels of that initial success, the pair has decided to open their second venture, Bar Francine. By late 2022, Bar Francine will start pouring about 70 Australian wines sourced from small producers along with a small list of cocktails and canned beers. They will be working with ecoSpirits in sourcing these spirits along with beer brewers XXXX Gold and Melbourne Bitter.

Much like its sister venue, Bar Francine’s food offering will be mostly plant-based
Much like its sister venue, Bar Francine’s food offering will be mostly plant-based
Photo credit: Facebook / El Planta

And whilst details of their eats list are yet to be revealed, expect Bar Francine chef Brad Cooper to cook up a European-inspired menu that’s leaning towards plant-based dishes with some seafood delights here and there.

Adrienne and Rick expect to open Bar Francine in November 2022 at the earliest. The new wine bar is situated at 29 Vulture Street, West End.

Visit their website or their social media for more updates leading up to their launch.

29 Vulture St, West End QLD 4101, Australia

Cinnamon & Co in West End Now Serving Vegan Brunch and Dinner

West End’s cafe scene is one joint healthier with the recent opening of Cinnamon & Co,  now serving vegan brunch and dinner.

The latest addition to West End vegan joints, Cinnamon & Co is the brick-and-mortar version of Wild Spice Kitchen, a food truck parked next to Paper Moon cafe that serves up vegan brunch.

Taking its cue from its successful food truck venture, owner Tasia Amber, decided that it was time for a spin-off. Their brand new cafe in West End opened in January 2022 and it boasts of  two-level dining space.

The street-level space features timber flooring, terracotta and white walls whilst downstairs, customers will be greeted with a relaxed ambience complete with tables, armchairs, and couches.

The stellar brunch menu will still feature some of the popular dishes of Wild Spice Kitchen including the herbed and cheezy tofu scramble served with warm croissant, balsamic tomatoes, a pair of hashbrowns and confit garlic aioli; and Mac ‘n’ Cheese with the sauce prepared using cashew, onions, potato, and nooch.

Other options include Fungi Party Burger (sesame brioche bun stacked with mushroom patty, onion jam, cheese, truffle aioli, avocado and rocket) and Teressa (quesadilla packed with spicy buffalo chickpeas, vegan mince and melty cheez then served with roast sweet potato, chipotle aioli and housemade pickles

If you decide to drop by for dinner, their entree offering includes Sexy Tofu which is crispy fried tofu sous-vide in hoisin and ginger served with a zesty dippin’ sauce; and Snackadilla or crispy tortilla with buffalo chickpeas, melty cheez, and cumin mince.

For the mains, options include a warm salad of marinated tofu with avocado, crunchy chickpeas, orange, celery and leafy green with curried aioli dressing; and cheez burger made with sweet potato and black bean patty, cheez, mustard, tomato, dill pickles and aioli on a sesame brioche bun.

Serving of coffee is made courtesy of Coffee Supreme AU plus alternatives including tea, HRVST juice and Luv Maté (Yerba Maté, raw cacao, maca root, and guarana). Sweet treats such as brownie, peanut butter oatmeal, and caramel macadamia are on offer too

Cinnamon & Co is located at 63 Hardgrave Rd, West End and is open for brunch from 8 am to 2 pm, Wednesday to Sunday; and for dinner from 5.30 pm to 10 pm, Friday and Saturday.

Cinnamon & Co | 63 Hardgrave Rd, West End