From Ashes to Glory: Alfred & Constance Set for Stunning Revival

Fortitude Valley’s famed Alfred & Constance bar and eatery is set to make a grand comeback, with a renowned Queensland restaurant group breathing new life into the iconic heritage-listed site. 

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After its tumultuous past, the venue is poised to reclaim its former glory under the expert guidance of Justin Lane Group.

Originally opening its doors in 2012, Alfred & Constance quickly became a Valley hotspot, drawing in crowds with its vibrant atmosphere and innovative cuisine. However, its journey was not without challenges. 

Photo credit: Dmitry Stepanov/Google Maps

In 2018, the establishment found itself in receivership and was forced to close after its then-owner, businessman Damian Griffiths, faced financial troubles with his various ventures, including Limes Hotel and Doughnut Time.

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Photo credit: Alfred & Constance/Google Maps

A brief reprieve came in 2018 when RMS Group took over the bar from receivers, but their tenure was short-lived. By February 2022, the site was vacated, and renovations began under the landlord’s guidance.

Now, the historic venue on the corner of Alfred and Constance Streets is poised for a remarkable renaissance. Justin Lane Group, the masterminds behind the beloved Justin Lane Establishment in Burleigh Heads, has acquired the site and is embarking on an ambitious overhaul.

True to its roots, Alfred & Constance will once again become a culinary destination, offering the same beloved menus that have made Justin Lane Establishment a favourite on the Gold Coast. 

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Photo credit: Alfred & Constance/Google Maps 

From mouthwatering antipasti like meatballs, bruschetta, and burrata to handmade pizzas, pasta, and their famous gelato, the flavours promise to transport diners to the sun-drenched shores of Burleigh Heads.

Photo credit: Justin Lane Establishment/Instagram

The cocktail menu, which has garnered a loyal following on the Gold Coast, will also make its way to Brisbane, with favourites like the passionfruit and chili tommy’s margarita, mango and coconut caprioska, and apple and elderflower daiquiri gracing the menu.

Photo credit: Justin Lane Establishment/Instagram 

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With Justin Lane Group at the helm, the once-beloved Alfred & Constance is poised to reclaim its rightful place as a premier dining and entertainment destination in Fortitude Valley, promising a revival that will captivate both longtime patrons and newcomers alike.

Follow Justin Lane on Instagram for updates on Alfred & Constance’s reopening.

Published 6-March-2024

Foresters Restaurant and Bar Coming to Fortitude Valley Soon

Fortitude Valley has welcomed a lot of new restaurants and bars in 2019, but it looks like there’s more to come as the suburb welcomes the Foresters Restaurant and Bar on Brunswick Street.

It’s taking over the old Forester’s Hall, which should give you a good idea of the size of the place — it’s over 1,000 square metres and will fit 300 in the bar and restaurant.

With its mid-year opening, the restaurant will feature modern Australian dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with ingredients to be sourced from local farmers and producers.

Spearheading the kitchen is chef Peter Popow, who has more than a decade of experience and worked across Australia and the UK. The executive chef promises to bring in pub staples like pizzas, burgers, and steaks.

The Forester Hall’s iconic facade will remain intact but many internal features will be changed, like the decorative pressed metal ceiling that will be relocated from the former cinema to the ground level. 

Occupying the sixth level will be a swish rooftop bar dubbed Altitude, where locals can head over for an after-work drink whilst enjoying the views of the CBD. The 250-sqm bar will feature a hefty list of beverages, bar snacks, and DJs on the dance floor.

Both the Altitude and the Foresters Restaurant and Bar will be the first occupants of the $600 million FV Precinct. In charge of turning the heritage-listed site into a food and beverage precinct are FV’s developer and Signature Hospitality Group, the people behind The Sporting Globe and TGI Fridays.