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.
The Nico series provide an uncomplicated comfort – the cushioned upholstery is perfect for a long, relaxing lounge!
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
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