HOT OFF THE PRESS DECEMBER 2020
What’s happening on the Food Scene in Northern Tasmania
A new café opens on 04 January, 2021 occupying the space which has operated as Rossilli’s Cafe & the Cheese Shop at 114 George Street, Launceston.
Vegan Garage has opened at Trotter’s Lane, Prospect, Tasmania. The owners intend to bring a whole vegan experience to their new café & store, their intention being to service the vegan community and introduce their food to all and sundry.
After Marjories @ Woolmers closed down, a new diner has popped up on the premises, simply named Homage Restaurant.
Salt on Tamar has moved in to the space that was ‘Kero’s Fish & Chips Shop’, in Riverside. They’re offering a takeaway menu of fish, chips, burgers, drinks & more and promise the same, friendly family business that its forebears were.
Hallams is re-opening from 16 December 2020. With new owners, Ralph & Susanne Norton, the restaurant has been refurbished, extended with a deck and a general freshening up.
A new Food Truck has its debut event on Sunday 06 December 2020.
Hula Food Truck is the little sister of Sailor Food Truck, and as we approach summer, Hula is offering up some summer flair with their refreshing slushies & more.
HOT OFF THE PRESS NOVEMBER 2020
GOODBYE CALABRISELLA HELLO OSTERIA
A new Italian restaurant has opened in Calabrisella’s former building in Wellington Street.
Lloyd’s Hotel has been renovated, refurbished and refreshed AND reopened as the Sports Garden Bar & Kitchen.
HOOLEY DOOLEY – SMOKEY JOE’S IS NO MORE
What a shock! The ever popular Smokey Joe’s Creole Café Restaurant has apparently ceased trading. This will leave a huge gap in Launceston’s food scene with those who love their ribs & South American tucker!
THE CHARLES ST. PANTRY RENAMED THE PANTRY
SCHNITZEL STORE RENAMED SCHNITTY BAR
HOT OFF THE PRESS OCTOBER 2020
The Devil’s Door Café & Wine Bar has opened in Bryher’s space at 91 George St. Offering breakfast & lunch options together with all day snacks.
HOT OFF THE PRESS SEPTEMBER 2020
Sadly, Bryher Café has decided to close their doors after 5 years in business.
Another new eatery opens in the Quadrant Mall, in the building that once housed Holy Guacamole, then Dicky’s Cafe. See the Menu & details HERE.
Malaycious is Launceston’s first café offering Malaysian cuisine. It’s located diagonally opposite Baker’s Lane in York St.
HOT OFF THE PRESS AUGUST 2020
The latest updates to the eating scene in Launceston.
Diverge will be Launceston’s newest restaurant when it opens its doors on 16 September, 2020.
The restaurant is part of the Hotel Verge and will be initially offering a breakfast menu 7 days per week with more opening hours to be announced soon.
Opening date is 01 September! If you love all things 1980s, you’ll love this bar in the old City Plaza Arcade in York St.
IS BACK AT GEORGE TOWN!A hugely popular café/restaurant has come back to life in George Town in its original dwelling. See Don Mario’s details here
Remember Festivus Well it’s now 320g Gourmet Café at the entrance to Earl’s Court in Launceston’s Brisbane St. Info. here
With a name change and a refurbishment, Restaurant 13 (as part of the Commodore Regent), has become Elms by the Park. See their new details & menu here.
STONESTHROW TO APRICUS
Stonesthrow has transformed into Apricus Launceston and re-opens this month as a breakfast & lunch destination.
An ever popular location & still the home to peaceful views.
Sharmans Wines are now officially closed.
RESERVE CAFE RE-OPENS
Derrick Adams is reopening the Reserve Café on Punchbowl Rd. on 03 August 2020.
Main Road, Cressy
Ringwood Hotel is currently closed, but is reopening soon with new management.
Well, the Crazy Duck has now opened (as of 24 July) at York Cove, George Town.
The menu looks enticing, with a french & asian fusion – interesting! See Menu & Details
Situated right next door to the new Monsoon Fusion Tapas, Havilah is well worth noting & visiting.
A soft opening is scheduled on Monday, 20 July, 5:00pm for the Crazy Duck, ex. York Cove at George Town. We will be reviewing it soon.
178 Charles Street
LAUNCESTON Tas. 7250
(03) 6776 1612
Monsoon Fusion Tapas has opened, in the old Fresh Building in Charles St.
This small eatery delivers with perfectly balanced flavours encompassing Thai & Asian cuisine and, it’s been a long, long time since I’ve tasted anything this good.
In other news, Reel Fish & Chips at the Seaport, is open and trading. From all accounts there’s some very happy customers and favourable comments on social media, particularly due to the varied menu. See Details, Opening Hours & Menu here
YOUJING CHINESE will shortly change over to REEL FISH & CHIPS which I’m sure will be a welcome addition to the Seaport Precinct since the old ‘FISH & CHIPS’ closed down. Watch this space!
Alas, Youjing Chinese is no longer. I’ll certainly miss their Chilli XO Sauce!
In an interesting move, the venue will become a fish & chips eatery, aptly named ‘Reel
Fish & Chips’.
Awaiting more information …
Monsoon Thai Fusion is opening in Launceston on 28 May, 2020 in the original ‘Fresh on Charles’ building.
Stay tuned for more.
Another Zambrero eatery has popped up in the city in the Brisbane St. building that was Chung Gong’s for many, many years
86 Main Road
PERTH Tas. 7300
(03) 6398 1276
Saltire Café (ex. Ut Si, Phoenix & the Wolf) has reopened its doors after several months to offer takeaway options during the COVID crisis.
Daily offerings include pastries, cheesecakes, doughnuts, cakes and biscuits; including warm quiches, galettes & New York chocolate chip cookies baked daily.
Social distancing applies with a limit of four customers at a time – no cash sales.
CATARACT ON PATERSON & RUPERT & HOUND
Whilst we wait to hear of restrictions uplifting, Cataract on Paterson & Rupert & Hound have made a date to start trading again with a “New Year’s” Celebration.
Calabrisella Italian Restaurant has decided to close its doors for good! This decision wasn’t made lightly and has been contemplated for some time, but Lorenzo & Katia Macri, made this with a heavy heart and amidst the COVID 19 it has made it an easier choice for them.
Calabrisella will be missed from Launceston’s Food Scene, having been a stalwart for over 40 years in its Wellington Street location.
One we missed! Aamarpali Indian Restaurant at Kings Meadows has been renamed PURNA KITCHEN.
VEGOUT ON CHARLES EXPANDS!
VegOut on George has gone into the traditionally known Townsend’s Bakery premises, after Poutinerie recently left the building.
This space looks thoroughly exciting & is now open at the Pod Inn. A Japanese inspired menu is bound to impress.
FROM PIERRE’S BRASSERIE TO STELO @ PIERRE’S
The Johnston husband and wife team, of Nathan & Lauren Johnson have taken over Pierre’s and rebrand it to their hugely successful ‘Stelo’ label. So, from Valentine’s Day, you’ll be eating Italian at Pierre’s, rather than French. Nevertheless, it’s an exciting chapter to which I’m looking forward to.
Bao Lovers – guess what’s popped up in town
Situated in Centreway Arcade, 19 Paterson Street, Bao Time is open Monday through to Saturday 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.