One of the creators of Fortitude Valley’s James Street precinct is creating another foodie paradise – this time in Brisbane’s Gasworks precinct.
The location is called ‘Haven’; the new luxury apartment tower under construction in Newstead, with John James’ RL57 having been assigned to turn the ground floor into Brisbane’s new retail destination precinct on behalf of developer HCAP Developments.
Working in partnership with CBRE’s Anna Dunworth and Chesters Real Estate’s Greer Gittoes, RL57 has already secured three high profile occupiers.
The remaining four tenancies are expected to be leased in the near future.
The first tenants to sign are Betty’s Burgers & Concrete Co, Salt Meats Cheese and Jocelyn’s Provisions.
Betty’s Burgers has taken an eight-year lease over 150 square metres of space. The brand, which is famous for its burgers, thick shakes and custard-based ice cream, opened its first restaurant on Hastings Street, Noosa in 2014 under the guidance of Tasmanian entrepreneur David Hales.
Like Betty's Burgers, Salt Meats Cheese is on the expansion trail having taken a nine-year lease over 170 square metres of space. It will provide a restaurant area in addition to the group’s signature cooking classes and produce.
Director Stefano de Blasi said they can't wait to open their doors, as Gasworks will become their new Australian flagship restaurant and cooking school.
Completing the trio of deals is Fortitude Valley’s iconic Jocelyn’s Provisions, which has signed for 60 square metres of space under a five-year lease deal.
Jocelyn’s Provisions Rosie Conway said the venture will help them expand their range of quality meals and catering to the Newstead/ Tenerife area for those "who wish to eat at home but don't necessarily wish to cook."CBRE’s Ms Dunworth linked the successful leasing program to both the urban revitalisation occurring in Newstead and RL57’s overall vision for the project.
“RL57 is applying the same knowledge and expertise that made James Street such a success to Haven,” Ms Dunworth said.
“The key focus is on tenancy mix and securing the best operators with high quality concepts."
Haven’s 220 luxury apartments reached sold out status in early 2016. The projects’ penthouse collection offering multi-million dollar larger apartments, was one of the leading premium owner occupier sales projects in Brisbane during 2015.
Located less than 3km from the Brisbane CBD, the retail precinct will cater to more than 5,000 new residents and the estimated 9,000 office workers expected to take up space in the Newstead area.