HOT OFF THE PRESS 2024

All the latest news and information about Launceston Restaurants, the food scene, openings, closures and changes.

BAKER’S LANE ABRUPTLY CLOSES

The party’s over for the owners of local Launceston nightclub, Baker’s Lane and what a ride they’ve had!  The long lost days of Saturday night fun have slowly turned into a night of dread.  Alcohol and drug fuelled incidents, the fear of violent crime, abuse and violence has resulted in the decision to wrap up and get out.

So, goodbye Baker’s, you served the people of Launceston well (and not so well in cases), but hey, it’s time for people to be forgiven as we move into potentially tumultous times and uncertain futures.  Please everybody, “look after your health”.

NOVARO’S

April 2024

One of Launceston’s leading fine dining restaurants will be disappearing from the local directory.

In a bittersweet announcement, Novaro’s Restaurant, a beloved establishment that has been a cornerstone of the Launceston’s hospitality scene for over three decades, has revealed that it will be closing its doors for the last time on Saturday, April 27th.

Despite the challenges faced by the hospitality industry, the decision to bid farewell to Novaro’s was made with heavy hearts but also with a sense of excitement for new beginnings.

Members of the dedicated Novaro’s team are set to pursue their own passions and dreams whilst the owners intend to prioritise time with family and loved ones.
Novaro's Italian Restaurant - Launceston, Tasmania

VEGOUT ON GEORGE

April 2024

VegOut on George will be closing its doors in the not so distant future due to the sale of the building.

VegOut has been a game changer in Launceston with its vegetarian and vegan options so it will be sorely missed.

DARE DARLIN’ RESTAURANT

01 March 2024

The decision to close Dare Darlin’ Restaurant must have been difficult for owners Courtney Hill & Muzz James.

Dare Darlin' Restaurant - Courtney Hill & Muzz James

The surprise announcement was published on a Facebook post on Friday, 01 March 2024:

“Dare Darlin,

With love, gratitude and a few tears, we announce that this Sunday will be our final service, and the final curtain call for Dare Darlin Restaurant. We have had the most incredible journey over the past 3 years & our dreams have come true. As a team we have decided to chase new goals, spark new ambition and venture into the unknown – You know what they say about getting comfortable. Dare Darlin can’t wait to continue to support the restaurants Launceston has to offer- It’s a hard industry to be in. Support the staff that work for you and support every small business. So many stories and memories have been made and shared in our four walls – Thank you for trusting us with them all. Our final parting words Darlin – Go for it. Whatever it might be. It just might change your life. Love, us ♥️
Business and bookings as usual until our last table leaves on Sunday night. We have a private event on Saturday Darlin. We can’t wait to see you and celebrate some very special moments. We apologise to future affected bookings. After Sunday, you will be contacted directly. If you have a purchased voucher and can’t make it before Sunday, call 0480534794 to organise your refund.”

CRUZIN’ IN THE 50s DINER – DELORAINE

16 February 2024

The much loved and popular Cruzin’ in the 50s Diner has closed down.  The 50s inspired diner offered an experience like no other with its authentic memorabilia, a true 50s menu which included all the old  faves from yesteryear, from Spiders to Milkshakes,  Fries, Hamburgers & Hotdogs to Pancakes & Muffins.  It will be sorely missed, especially for the kids who absolutely delighted in exploring the memorabilia and experiencing a step back in time.

SALLY’S VEGETARIAN VIETNAMESE

TEMPORARY CLOSURE DUE TO LUNAR YEAR

BLUE CAFÉ INC. HAS A BRAND NEW NAME

The much loved Blue Café at Launceston’s Inveresk precinct, has been renamed Blue Social Eatery – a fabulous new name that depicts what the Blue Café is all about!

Blue Social Eatery

YUM CHA LOVE

Yum Cha has been introduced to the Dong Sheng Menu!

Dong Sheng Chinese Restaurant is now offering Yum Cha as a new lunch time service on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30 am – 2:30 pm.

Following on from the Dong Sheng commitment to freshly made dishes, using locally sourced and premium produce, the Yum Cha menu is sure to delight.  Bookings highly recommended:  (03) 6344 7768

Visit our Dong Sheng listing page for more details & menus HERE.

THE EXCHANGE HOTEL – BEACONSFIELD

A recent refurbishment has brightened up the establishment and the hotel is back up and running with live entertainment, cool beverages and plates of food to whet the appetite.  On-site facilities include a lounge bar which is open Fridays 2:00 pm – 10:00 pm and a guest breakfast room.  The back deck area is also available for private use.

EXCHANGE HOTEL MENU

MENU CHANGES SEASONALLY
  • Garlic bread $9 – Sweet wheat baguettes topped with butter, garlic and parsley ~ Cheesy  add $1 V GFO VGO
  • Triple cooked chips $9 – Boiled then fried twice with herbs, spices and relish GF VG
  • Grilled mushrooms $14 – An ensemble of mushrooms with butter, sage and thyme with a porcini sauce GF V VGO
  • Warm marinated olives $14 – A harmony of Warmed olives topped with thyme served with slices of sweet wheat sourdough V VG GFO
  • Haloumi fries $14 – A chorus of haloumi fries with a side of herb aioli GF V
  • Lamb cutlets $24 – A trio of grilled lamb cutlets topped with mint and a beurre blanc sauce GF
  • Arancini $24 – A quartet of Arancini on a Parmesan Garlic sauce topped with Thyme and Oregano V
  • Platters available by booking only
    ph. (03) 6383 1410 to book a platter or to guarantee a table.
GF-Gluten free V-Vegetarian VG-Vegan O-Option

A NEW PUB IN TOWN!

The Northern Public House is the newest pub to open in Launceston. After so many years of trading as O’Keefe’s Hotel, then the shortest of stints as New Caledonia Wine Vault, the pub has come to life again with a new name!  Opening hours are as follows:  Tuesday – Saturday 12:00 pm – late.  You’ll find the Northern Public House on the corner of George & York Sts. in downtown Launceston.  See the Northern Public House full listing page for all details.

And a sneak peek at the menu!

Northern Public House MenuSALLY’S VEGETARIAN VIETNAMESE

Yet another Vietnamese restaurant has opened, this one at the spot where Riverview Vietnamese was located, in Elouera St., Riverside overlooking the Tamar River.

See details and more info. for Sally’s Vegetarian Vietnamese here.

Sally's Vietnamese

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