Tucked away in the quieter stretch of West End is Duo Bar & Restaurant – the brain child of Tess Rigby, who dreamed of opening her own restaurant ever since she was a little girl! With over 15 years of experience in food and hospitality, Tess set her eyes on a quaint cafe space in Brisbane to call her own.
Teaming up with her sister, the name ‘Duo’ was a direct reference to their partnership as well as their vision for the the restaurant.
“It also comes from wanting to create a space that is a blend of opposite elements, country and city – a very relaxed setting within the hustle and bustle of the city. Rustic food with a modern twist and modern food with a rustic twist. Indoors meets outdoors.“
“We wanted the space to feel like you were visiting friends, family or neighbours and just enjoying good company with good food. Something that happens a lot when you live in a small town. We wanted to create a sense of community where our loyal regular customers are more than just customers, they become friends.“
Inheriting its black walls and timber claddings, Tess & her team sought to inject some personality into the interiors, adding hints of copper, greenery and hand-finished wooden table tops.
The space is intimate and moody, with exposed lightbulb pendants and a large mural of Brisbane’s iconic river views.
A beautifully crafted leather journal as a menu, the logo is debossed & gilded by Able Book Binding.
Featuring a scrumptious all-day breakfast menu, as well as lunch and tapas, the food at Duo is nothing short of amazing.
A feature wall of crates hand-assembled by Tess and her partner
With food and furniture design being two of Tess’ great passions, she is continually making small improvements to Duo – looking to add more plants that will thrive in the Brisbane climate, and completing the botanical ceiling that she’d put together with her dad. It is this passion that inspired our team to collaborate and provide seating solutions that can add a lightness to the ambience.
Left: Nico Chairs ; Right: succulent chicken waffles with a drizzle of maple syrup
We selected the Nico dining table and chairs for Duo; beautiful contemporary pieces that is the epitome of the sophisticated Scandi aesthetic – a refreshing pop of colour that is subtle and dignified.
Right: our Nico Dining Table and Chairs.
The Nico series provide an uncomplicated comfort – the cushioned upholstery is perfect for a long, relaxing lounge!
Duo bar and restaurant is currently promoting beautiful Siddhartha Mandala Throws, yay to supporting local creatives!
Right: Cauliflower popcorn – cauliflower florets seasoned with paprika & served with a cheesy béarnaise dipping sauce
There’s Tess, rocking the coffee station!
Serving creamy Bare Bones Espresso coffees
Right: “Hey Sweetie” – fluffy waffles topped with berry compote, chocolate sauce, ice cream and maple – almost too pretty to eat!
Currently BYO, Duo is in process of becoming a fully stocked bar – stay tuned!
Duo bar and restaurant
2/27 Browning Street, West End, Brisbane
As part of our Living Showrooms movement, we strive to curate unique interiors that will enhance any bar, cafe, residential or restaurant spaces, as well as allow customers to physically experience our design pieces in situ. If you are a restaurant owner looking to spice up your interiors – do get in touch!
With years of experience in hospitality under his belt, Brodie Shaw and business partner Ben Evans embarked on an impressive journey to bring about Shawty’s Espresso – a hop, s(k)ip and a jump away from the Park Road train station in Woolloongabba.
Chancing upon a fixer-upper with great bones, the brave boys worked tirelessly to transform the space into a bright and inviting coffee haven. Partnering with local creatives, Shawty’s Espresso features a vibrant facade by graffiti legend Treazy, and a svelte fit-out designed by Carly Coghill of Design Tailor.
A contemporary, open-plan kitchen with subtle white pressed metal counter
Proudly brewing Coffee Supreme as their house staple, Shawty’s Espresso also carries various artisanal beans, allowing you to sample the the crèma de la crèma (pun intended) of coffees from the best roasters across Australia.
A mouth-watering line up of Normcore Coffee Roasters, Parallel Roasters, Square One Roasters, The Reformatory Caffeine Lab … just to name a few!
A little trade secret – Shawty’s Espresso uses a reverse osmosis filtration system, removing any debris, microbes, natural and synthetic toxins. Their water is then re-mineralised with beneficial minerals, producing the high-quality, delicious base for their teas and coffees!
Inspired by the clean lines and modern aesthetics of the cafe, our team provided elegant seating options without obstructing the flow of light to the layout, whilst complimenting the timber and metal finishings. See the range here!
Our Alana Bar Chairs resting against the gorgeous two toned wall
The Alana Bar chairs in black and walnut offers casual and comfortable seats with a handy footrest – the simple silhouette of design highlights the natural beauty of the wood grain.
Happy customers enjoying their coffees on our Mika stools
Our industrial Mika stools in black and white/natural oak perfectly accompanies the hairpin table legs, with sleek geometric forms to add points of interest to the minimalistic space. The combination of galvanised metal and wood speaks to floating steel shelves in the kitchen area, uniting the space together as a whole.
Nosh on their simple and wholesome menu of granola, home made treats and toasties – the smashed avo, fetta on toast is an all-time fav amongst customers. Tea drinkers fret not! Shawty’s Espresso has a range of exquisite teas from The Steepery Tea Co – currently not available in any other cafes in Brisbane.
Combat this epic summer heat with a cold brew – Shawty’s got your back!
The partners in crime
26 Elliott St, Woolloongabba, Brisbane, QLD 4102
Driving past this bright little nook in Tarragindi you may mistaken the crowd for a dog’s birthday party – but the pooches are just out getting their coffee fix!
A much-loved spot for local coffee and dog aficionados alike, Black Lab Coffee was established by Luke Nuske in efforts to bring great coffee into their local neighbourhood, and to revitalised the empty strip that once housed numerous independent shops. An active member of the community, Black Lab Coffee has organised multiple fundraising events for animal welfare groups, and continues to raise awareness of animal rights and adoption.
The cafe features a roller window for takeaways, as well as dog-parking hooks and water stations for your furry companions.
The branding is a tribute to Luke’s adorable black labrador Audrey, who frequents the cafe for a friendly mingle. An effective use of flat design paired with solid black and white tones, the crisp aesthetics reflect the adaptability and openness of the space.
Meet the real boss of Black Lab!
With Luke’s background in architecture, Black Lab is a well-considered living space that is uncomplicated and accommodates all – the long communal tables is paired with our Zola chairs, providing quieter corners for couples or individuals.
A clean and minimal fit-out with exposed bricks and sweeps of warm timber accents
Working closely with the Black Lab team, our Zola chairs were chosen to complement the simple colour palette.
Built with beautiful Malaysian Oak and wood veneer in a cocoa stain, the Zola is sleek and ergonomic; adding a quiet sophistication to the humble nature of the space.
Serving deliciously creamy Di Bella coffee, as well as scrumptious snacks and baked goodies, Black Lab Coffee is the perfect hang to recharge and do some hound watching.
Recently they have expanded into the space next door, gearing up for more serious food offerings!
Black Lab Coffee
6/11 Kuring Gai Avenue, 4121 Tarragindi, Australia
Tucked away in the back streets of Albion is Craft Coffee, a creative hub of great nourishments and artisanal endeavours.
Craft Coffee was born out of the collaborative efforts between the Keller brothers, bridging their love of coffee, food and their family trade – shoemaking. The humble space is shared between the cafe and Brothers Footwear, their shoemaking and leatherworking atelier.
Craft Coffee launched last November purveying delicious Clean Skin brews to the local neighbourhood. Recently they acquired a pre-loved caravan, and hand-restored it into an outdoor kitchen.
The vibrant feature wall of botanic illustrations creates a bright and inviting interior, whilst complementing the warm hues of the woods. Exposed copper pipes and stylised draping lights add a touch of industrial chic.
Raw timber panels reinforce the rough-and-ready aesthetics of the atelier, producing a sense of cohesion throughout the space.
We instantly felt at ease amongst the friendly team; their dedication and passion is apparent and infectious!
Working closely with the wonderful team at Craft Coffee
, we provided a comfortable seating solution that is both functional and befitting to the eclectic nature of the cafe.
With sleek lines and sculptural curves, the Tricia Dining Chair
is a timeless statement piece that is a great addition to any contemporary set up.
Interesting elements sprinkle throughout the cafe, from tree trunk coasters to wooden origami blocks.
Creamy and fragrant coffees using locally roasted Clean Skin
The menu is honest and wholesome – healthy dishes done well!
Avocado on toast with crushed almonds and yoghurt
A refreshing smoked salmon salad
Reviving local craftsmanship with bespoke handmade shoes and leather goods.
An enchanting row of antique Singer machines
The upper leather of shoes
Over the next few weeks they will expand into the vast warehouse behind the cafe, converting it into a much larger studio and showroom.