Hot Off the Press > 01 October 2017
Brady’s Tavern has opened at the Penny Royal Complex, where the Iron House Brewery was located. A light meals bar menu, woodfired pizzas & brews. See their opening hours, menu & details here.
Sushi Plus has opened a second shop in George St., at no. 43 (next door to Great Scot! Café).
Townsend’s Bakery’s final day of trading will be Friday, 27th October. Leigh Townsend and his team will be missed and Launceston will have lost a ‘true city icon’ – sad to see – I wish Leigh all the very best!
Alps & Amici
Daniel Alps is opening his new eatery at his Alps & Amici shopfront. The shop has extended to include the new café/bar/restaurant after Daniel purchased the property next door. Due to open on 16 October.
Dainty Legend Chinese Kitchen – Yorktown Square
We’ve rolled into October and the proposed opening for September has come & gone and there’s STILL no sign of it opening. Yes, the amended date is for October, THIS October, not 2018 – so let’s hope we’re not holding our breath for too much longer.
Ichiban Boshi Japanese Café, situated within the Morty’s Complex, has now opened a Ramen Bar.
Hazelbrae House is a new café operating at Hazelbrae Hazelnut Farm – open 7 days per week
Tasty Korea is unfortunately shutting up shop after a stint in the spot where Toro’s Restaurant was. They are relocating to Hobart.
The Beltana Butchery
The Beltana Butchery at Evandale has closed its doors.
Utsi Café at Perth (Tasmania) has permanently shut with the property going on the market for sale. This was a much loved stop off point for travellers as well as Launceston peops. taking the short drive out of town for a snack, brunch or lunch. Sad to see it go!
Ratio Cafe, Bar & Restaurant
ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST! A REAL mystery, this one – Ratio Café, Bar & Restaurant seems to have shut down after trading less than 3 months.
Mojo Music renamed “Avenue Records”
Mojo has been renamed “Avenue Records” & has relocated to the other side of the road – taking up residence at the old ‘Rosie Mack’s’ site. Opening on the 16th October, 2017.
** EXTENDED OPENING HOURS UNTIL WED. 11 OCTOBER **
Hairitage Hair Gallery – cnr. St. Leonards Road & Station Rds., St. Leonards. Open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (until 9:30pm), Friday & Saturday – ph. 0402 324 172.
Hot Off the Press > 20 September 2017
Nigel’s Gourmet is opening their 4th store – this time in Kings Meadows, showcasing their full range of gourmet meats, chicken & smallgoods. Opening date is Saturday, 23 September, 9am at Meadow Mews.
Hot Off the Press > 20 July 2017
Burger Junkie goes ‘Bricks & Mortar’
From Tuesday, 01 August at 11am, Burger Junkie will be welcoming customers through their new doors in St John St., Launceston.
Having successfully run their ‘Food Truck’ enterprise, they’ve decided to extend by opening up their new eatery, Burger Junkie, in the former Liv-Eat location. To add to their menu, they plan to offer a great new range of bar snacks & together with a range of Tassie, American & Canadian Beers. A soft-serve ice cream machine will be arriving shortly which will add to the fun & frivolity.
AT LAST – some NEWS from
DAINTY LEGEND CHINESE RESTAURANT
The long awaited and much anticipated opening of Dainty Legend Chinese Restaurant, is now imminent – well, just a few week away. The public has been advised by way of an ‘Opening Soon’ board committing to a September opening. Traditional Yum Cha & Hot Pots will be offered along with true, genuine Chinese cuisine. WATCH THIS SPACE!
RATIO INDIAN CAFE & RESTAURANT
with EXTENDED OPENING HOURS & INDIAN & AUSSIE CUISINE – LATE NIGHTS
Ratio Café & Restaurant has opened in the ‘ex-Sugar Shack’ bakery location, on the outside of Morty’s. The bakery sign is yet to come down but it will do, very soon.
Babu opened ‘Welcome to Delhi’ at Kings Meadows, at the Aamarpali venue & now that the old owners have returned, has relocated his business & renamed it Ratio Café.
Perfect for shift workers, late night revellers, early morning workers – Ratio is guaranteed to please with its excellent & varied menus. Choose from Indian or grab something off the Aussie Menu – breakfast, lunch, dinner & late night. And when I say late night, I mean REALLY late on the weekends – opening until 3am the following morning on Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays.
AND, the other bonus, it’s LICENSED – oh, and did I tell you, the curries are to die for!
2 NEW EATERIES FOR KINGS MEADOWS & THE REOPENING OF ONE
Popular cafés in the Launceston CBD & Prospect, have opened up sister shops in Kings Meadows – Liv-eat & Lucky Bowl Chinese.
Sadly, 2 of Launceston’s food spots are to close down.
- One close to my heart – Townsend’s Bakery – this really is a devastating blow for Launceston residents. Leigh Townsend (affectionately known as ‘Herbie’) and his wife Debra, have decided to shut up shop after new rules & guidelines were placed on their business which frankly, makes it a no brainer for them to move on. We wish them the very, very best in their future endeavours, and let’s just hope there’s a few cream cakes, pies & lamingtons thrown into the mix!
Townsend’s Bakery to close – Image Credit: Phillip Biggs, Examiner Newspaper
- Fitzy’s City Café – what an institution! After 46 years in business – it will be no longer from the middle of August, 2017! Read Zona May’s report in the Examiner Newspaper.
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Hot Off the Press > 16 June 2017
Terry Fidler’s Brisbane Street Bistro is now open on Monday evenings through to Saturday night. A new Winter Special starts next week on a Monday night showcasing French Classics.
- 2 courses $50.00
- 3 courses $60.00
Tasty Korea is now both offering home delivery.
Kings Bridge Bar & Restaurant have changed their hours for the winter – opening daily for breakfast & nightly for dinner. However, lunches are now only available from Friday to Sunday.
When Aamarpali closed its doors a few months ago, Kings Meadows lost a really great Indian restaurant. The good news is, it reopened a couple of weeks ago, same owners & the same delicious, spicy Indian offerings that loyal fans missed so badly. Many profess it to be the best Indian in Launceston – which is a bold statement considering the fabulous choice of this cuisine here in town. We welcome comments and it might be just about time to find out the people’s choice. Feel free to post your comments.
And, as per the post below proposed, Saigon Kitchen is up & running. Check out their details & menus at the Saigon Kitchen page.
09 April 2017
VIETNAMESE STREET FOOD – IS COMING TO LAUNCESTON!
Saigon Kitchen is opening up in its new Brisbane St. & Wellington St. premises – 40 seats of dine in or take away – a MUCH NEEDED & WANTED addition to Launceston’s Food Scene.
HOT OFF THE PRESS > 21 March 2017
The Iron House Brewery at Penny Royal World, has closed.
Great Scot! Opening Soon at 41 George St. Mon-Fri. 7am-5pm (ex. PX Tapas site)
UPDATE: NOW OPEN – Mon. March 27 – ex. Larceny Head Chef Allan Sheppard’s new venture
HOT OFF THE PRESS > 15 March 2017
Cuccina Cafe Restaurant will be opening for dinner on Friday and Saturday nights.
Café One0Six – George St. – is now open on Friday nights for Dinner
HOT OFF THE PRESS > 09 March 2017
Red Feather Inn has taken possession of the Clarendon Arms Hotel, Evandale. This can only be seen as a great addition to dining out in Evandale, knowing Red Feather Inn’s outstanding reputation with food & wine.
HOT OFF THE PRESS > 03 March 2017
Rosevears Waterfront Tavern is now open 7 days per week for breakfast, lunch & dinnerLunch & Dinner now 7 days per week
Lunch 11.30am-2.30pm | Dinner 5.30pm-8.30pm
HOT OFF THE PRESS > 31 January 2017
Hot Off the Press – one month into the year of 2017!
Converted shipping container serving great coffee between the old Examiner building & the Fire Station, in Paterson St.
HUBERT & DAN
Hubert & Dan have left Longford – and will now be operating out of Tamar Ridge Cellar Door Wines at Legana.
Iron Pot Bay Vineyard has quietly opened a new café at the Cellar Door, Rowella. Sam Adamson, ex Ilk Café, Rosevears Drive, is in the kitchen weaving up her magic.
Newly opened in the Kingsway.
Elizabeth St., have an ale or 3 or 4. Snacks available or grab a curry from the recently opened Curry Club – a couple of doors up – and it will be delivered there.
Juice Bar Fifty Five
Opened last week, as an addition to Yacht Club Fifty Five. Find it at the base of Yacht Club Fifty Five, in Park Street, Launceston
Dainty Legend Chinese Kitchen
Still awaiting an opening date but surely it MUST be getting close. Was hoping it would be open for the Chinese New Year. The last news we heard was that they are waiting for their renowned Chinese Chef to arrive. The Dainty Legend Chinese Kitchen is situated in Yorktown Square, at the ex-Pavilion site. It promises to be something unique for Launceston – a real Yum Cha experience, Hot Pot Cooking & Peking Duck table wrapping. Can’t wait!
The Curry Club is a quick & easy Indian Restaurant/Café – open all day for quick & easy takeaways or inhouse BYO dining. The menu is versatile & the prices are very reasonable, may be the cheapest in town! Located in Elizabeth St., just down from the Charles St. corner.
Festivus Café opened in the blink of an eyelid – at the old FEZ Café site in Brisbane St. No reports as yet.
HOT OFF THE PRESS > 28 November
TANDY’S ALEHOUSE has opened, today in fact! You’ll find it in Elizabeth Street, between Charles & Wellington Sts., half way down on the town side. See full Examiner story here
Just a little further down the street, we await official confirmation of the CURRY CLUB opening – no doubt another Indian Restaurant to add to the dining scene.
KINGSWAY MARTINI – an Expresso Martini Pop Up – will be popping up at Off Center – for 3 weeks only. Dates Friday & Saturday – 02/03 Dec., 09/10 Dec. & 16/17 December from 4pm. Off Center is in the Kingsway, just a couple of doors down from Brisbane St. on the cinema side.
Talking of the Kingsway, it’s certainly turning into a vibrant spot with another bar opening, the KINGSWAY BAR. This one is on the York St. end, on the town side & plans to feature Fine Tasmanian Whisky and Wine – with a bit of local music thrown in.
GERONIMO APERITIVO BAR & RESTAURANT has extended its hours & hurrah, it’s open for lunches & now includes alfresco seating & a private dining room for your function.
New opening hours Monday – Thursday from 5pm until late & Friday – Sunday from 10.30am.
MUDBAR RESTAURANT at Seaport is now open for breakfasts on the weekend from 9am.
That’s it for now! Ciao!
HOT OFF THE PRESS > 05 November
Just a few quick updates for those who haven’t heard.
YACHT CLUB FIFTY FIVE opened its doors for business during the week & reports thus far have been highly commending. Its had a makeover & is open 6 days per week, closed on Monday.
SAMUEL PEPY’S have new owners – bubbly trio Jason (ex Josef Chromy, Star Bar & Furneaux Island Tavern), Jason’s partner Terri (ex Furneaux Island Tavern) & Kylie (ex Josef Chromy & lunchtime Head Chef @ Mudbar). Exciting times ahead!
TANDY’S ALEHOUSE is a new bar opening in Elizabeth St. (between Charles & Wellington Sts.) in the near future. Watch this space!
Image Credit: Tandy’s Alehouse Facebook Page
The last bit of info. I have for you at this stage, is an update on the DAINTY LEGEND CHINESE KITCHEN – Launceston is finally getting a REAL YUM CHA option! Yes, the trollies will be a-wheelin’ with all those gorgeous yum cha treats that we love from trips to the mainland. AND, the PEKING DUCK experience – which if you’ve never tried, you will LOVE! AND, real HOT POT! The place is looking really schmick & classy and will be operating on two levels in Yorktown Square (ex Pavilion). Hoping to open in early December.
If you’re Eating Out in Launceston – please add your review to this site.
THIS WEEKEND IN LAUNCESTON
HOT OFF THE PRESS > 24 September
DELICIOUS LITTLE THINGS is now OPEN at the ex. Garden of Vegan & ex. Meat Bread Cheese site at 166 Charles St., Tuesday – Friday from 10am-3pm.
ZAMBRERO’s MEXICAN opens on Tuesday, 27 September in the old FLIP BURGERS building – giving away 1,000 burritos from 12 noon to celebrate their grand opening.
YACHT CLUB FIFTY FIVE is on schedule to open early October at 7 Park St. (ex. Sails by the River) & will be opening for breakfast, lunch & dinner 6 days per week. AND, a new addition to the bar & restaurant will be JUICE BAR FIFTY FIVE – underneath, serving coffee, smoothies & juice all day.
TIMBRE KITCHEN has opened at Velo Wines with Head Chef Matt Adams (ex. Josef Chromy) at the reins. Only heard wonderful things!
CHARLIE’S DESSERT HOUSE should be open within the next couple of weeks, after the usual delays of opening a new business, sure to be a crowd pleaser. Situate Charles St., next to the ESSENTIAL HOMEBODY Shop.
Speaking of which, the Homebody Shop will be incorporating another concept in their store with their new ESSENTIAL HOMEBODY & TEA BAR, serving up tea & other goodies – see the story in today’s Examiner READ STORY
RUSTY JACK’S – an authentic American BBQ restaurant is opening in town soon. Food will be cooked over wood in a proper smoker – no gas or electric ovens. One to get all fired up about (‘scuse the pun’) – stay tuned!
TASTY KOREA – has OPENED, in fact, this morning at 11am. Find them in the ex- Toro’s Restaurant building in Charles St. Tasty Korea will be serving up fried chicken & beer!
The DINING ROOM – replaces Shamrock’s at The Irish. With new owners & a new menu, the whole place has been refurbished and offers yet another dining choice for Launceston. Will be reviewing in the near future.
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HOT OFF THE PRESS > 21 August 2016
TASTY KOREA is opening where Toro’s was, in Charles St.
DELICIOUS LITTLE THINGS will be opening at a date yet to be set, in the former Meat, Bread, Cheese shop at 166 Charles St. Raelene Bates has been pleasing the crowds with delicious little things from her little pop up van for some time now & is regularly seen at Harvest Market.
Aamarpali at Kings Meadows has changed hands & been revamped. It still serves Indian Cuisine but its new name is WELCOME TO DELHI. Early days … the restaurant is now open for dine in & takeaways … same phone no. as Aamarpaii’s.
The Open that was opening as a restaurant, bar & accommodation on the corner of Boland & Tamar Sts., has sadly lost out to a group who will be reopening it as a gentleman’s club – hmmm … stay tuned.
Lots more coming – it’s a never ending story!
HOT OFF THE PRESS > 01 August 2016
Despite Aamarpali Indian closing in Kings Meadows, the site is being renovated & it appears that it will be retaining its cuisine, just a change of ownership.
PALLA CAFÉ situate where PX Tapas was, in George St., has closed down after a short stint.
The Dinner Belle opens in the Quadrant Mall soon (Leather Jacket site – 23-25 Quadrant Mall). Signage is up & it will be opening any day now.
Velo Wines has been sold & Matt Adams (ex. Josef Chromy Head Chef) is going in there with a rebranding of the restaurant to Timbre Kitchen. Can’t wait!
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FOOD SCENE NEWS > 21 JULY 2016
We’re well into the second half of the year – where has that time gone? As usual, the Launceston Food Scene continues to evolve.
Fresh Café has closed its doors, hoping to pop up somewhere else in Launceston after the building was sold.
Open is opening. Well, that’s what the sign says! On the corner of Tamar & Boland Sts., the old pub venue (most recently run as a ‘girlie’s night’), is re-opening as ‘Open’ & offering a bar, meals & backpacker accommodation. That’s all I know. Hopefully someone can fill me in.
Charlie’s Desserts – to open in Charles St. opposite the Star Bar – a late night & all day dessert joint with decadent desserts. Expect an all day breakfast menu together with desserts to make your sweet taste buds go to town – Raspberry Meringue Smash, Banoffee Pie, Tiramisu Mousse Pot, Chilled Cacao Mousse, Paris Crepes & Belgian Waffles? Due to open on 17 September – 74 Charles St.
Sails by the River is no more – having decided not to renew their lease, a new crowd have come in and are currently renovating. Rebranding as Yacht Club 55 & planning to open in early October, at 7 Park St.
Aamarpali Indian, Kings Meadows has shut up shop. One of Launceston’s most loved Indian eateries & takeaways, is no longer.
Exciting news that the old Flip Burgers drive through site is being transformed & will become a ‘Zambrero’s’ Mexican Restaurant hopping aboard the Zambrero’s chain with the already established venue Zambrero’s in Hobart & newly opened Zambrero’s in Devonport. Drive through will be a popular option and addition to the takeaway scene in Launceston.
Cinco Passiones (the House of Five Passions) is up & running – a curated drinks space all about enjoyment, indulgence & appreciation before or after dinner, theatre or show. Level 2 / 47a Brisbane St.
True Brew in the Centreway Arcade is no longer – it’s now called Mr. Arrol’s.
LATEST HAPPENINGS – WED. 01 JUNE 2016
Henry’s Launceston has now opened. Located in the old & established heritage building formerly known as the Northern Club located at 61 Cameron St.
It was a shock to hear that Launceston’s sole Spanish Restaurant, Toro’s has closed permanently.
A J’s Indian Restaurant has popped up at 79a George St., opposite Alchemy & next to Kia-Ora Wood Fired Pizza (formerly Launceston Take Away & Saffron Café).
Kings Bridge Bar & Restaurant have not only released a new & fabulous winter menu, the RED ROOF is coming down – should be completed today – it will be great to snap some food pics. under more natural light.
Shots on Wax, 147 John St., now offers a wider food menu – focusing on healthy options & of course, great coffee!
Pizza Pitt has evolved – formerly the Pitt Stop fish & chips shop in Pitt St., Riverside/Trevallyn – has rebranded as a pizzeria with the same owners.
Pizza Convicts is the newest addition to the eateries at the Penny Royal Adventures Complex, situated between the Iron House Brewery & the Penny Royal Restaurant & Wine Bar.
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LATEST NEWS 04 MAY 2016
Utsi Café in Perth has re-opened their doors & claimed back their space. Original owner, Colette Barnes & her Chef son, Julien De Sousa, are back in the refurbished church & are delighting their past & present customers.
Pasta Resistance has moved from the Quadrant Mall & set up shop on the ground level of Batman Fawkner Inn (ex. Garden of Vegan). They have rebranded as Pasta Resistance & The Eatery, opening early for breakfast (ooh la la … pancakes on the menu) & going right through the day to mid-evening with a casual style of eating from a varied menu & their well known pasta dishes.
Liv-eat has relocated from St. John St. to the former Bakers Dozen store in Brisbane Street.
JJ’s Bakery has opened another café, this time in Launceston. Those who enjoyed a coffee & cake etc. at the old Baker’s Dozen Kmart Racecourse Crescent complex, will be thrilled to know that they once again can grab a bite to eat & drink in this convenient location.
Penny Royal Adventures now house the new Penny Royal Restaurant & Wine Bar, but many have been confused as to the dining options at the complex. The restaurant & wine bar offer a bar snack/smaller menu available on the deck aside the wine bar, overlooking the rock climbing, whilst their a la carte area is front & centre of the restaurant with a deck for outdoor dining.
Iron House sits adjacent to the restaurant & offers craft brews, beverages & a varied menu offering platter/food boards incorporating seafood, meat & cheeses.
Sushi Plus has taken over residence at the Fortune Wok site (ex. Tant Pour Tant) in Charles St., with freshly made sushi rolls, sashimi & beverages – eat in (small space) or take away.
Fresh Vegetarian Café has closed temporarily as the building was sold. However, they plan to open when they find the right place to suit.
Rossilli – the newest café to open – is run by well known brother & sister team. Italian is the cuisine & with the years of experience that Danny Rossilli has notched up, this should prove to be a real winner. It’s situated in George St., between O’Keefe’s Hotel & Café One0Six.
LATEST NEWS 09 APRIL 2016
OPENING REALLY SOON!
CINCO PASSIONES – a Libation Lounge Bar
CLAYTON’S WINE BAR
See the particulars here: ALL THE NEWS
A Whiskey Lounge Bar
Another Coffee Shop
A late night Pancake Place
PENNY ROYAL WINE BAR & RESTAURANT
opening 07 March 2016
NEWLY OPENED FEB. 2016
** PALLA CAFÉ **
71 George Street
Launceston Tas. 7250
OPEN Mon-Sat. 7am-4pm
Breakfast & Lunch
Breakfast Menu Available All Day