New South City Square Complex in Woolloongabba Nears Completion

The proposed South City Square complex on Logan Road, Woolloongabba is now one step closer to its final stages of development.

South City Square complex, designed by DBI Architects, is yet another step closer to the completion of its seven-stage development.

Stages 1, 2 and 3 are already operational. Construction works on Stage 4 (Central Square), which include the Hyatt Place Hotel, and Stage 5a are currently underway. Stages 5b and Stage 6 are not far behind.

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Stage 7 or ‘Hillyard House’ is situated at 148 Logan Road, Woolloongabba. It will involve the construction of Building 5, a 15-storey residential tower with a total of 152 apartments, ranging in size from one- to three-bedroom units. There will be 123 one-bedroom units, 28 two-bedroom units, and one (1) three-bedroom unit. 

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The main feature of Hillyard House is a 5,000-sqm public green space to be named the ‘Secret Garden.’ This area will include three play structures, stone steppers, water misters integrated into the play elements, and a diverse selection of plant species. 

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The tower will feature a curvaceous form with a ground-level link that will connect Central Square to the Secret Garden.

Stage 7 is further subdivided into Stage 7a – comprising the podium, residential tower, and part of the ‘Secret Garden’ – and 7b – comprising the rest of the public garden.  A total of 188 car parking spaces will be provided within the basement level currently being constructed under Stage 4.

Moreover, a 254-sqm area consisting of retail space and rooftop amenities will be included. It will have a swimming pool, private and semi-private dining, a ‘high bar’ seating pod, and an artificially grassed area with a relaxation deck.

“The proposed development has been design-led, using a first principles design approach to ensure that the development responds to and takes advantage of the unique characteristics of the site, responds to orientation and climate, provides a subtropical design response and provides a building that is unique in its setting, delivering high quality design for the benefit of both future residents as well as the broader community,” the Urbis town planning report said.

New Italian Restaurant At Woolloongabba Brings Back ’70s Trattoria Vibe

Check out this new Italian restaurant in Woollongabba, a must-try for its delicious Tuscan menu and its curated menu of over 10 different kinds of negroni, all served with a ‘70s-inspired trattoria vibe.

The 110-seat capacity Sasso Italiano is the brainchild of Vincent Lombino and  Jared Thibault, two big names in the hospitality business.

Amalfi Coast-born Head Chef Gabriele Di Landri — whose former employers include Dolphin Hotel, Chiswick Restaurant, and Aria — is at the helm of the the open-plan kitchen and works alongside Chef Ian Curley to come up with a mouthwatering menu that will delight Italian cuisine-loving diners.

Sasso Italiano’s menu is definitely designed for sharing. The old school menu includes pasta, salads, a charcuterie selection, exciting sizzling grill options, plus some sumptuous crudo. There is also an array of pizzas, made fresh from a specially designed Marana Forni wood-fired oven which sports a deck made out of Mount Vesuvius lava stone.

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Starters include Burrata with bagna cauda, wakame, and capers bread crumble and Polpette (braised pork and beef, sugo, and basil). Or try their Crudo plates — which includes Appellation Oysters and Yellow Fin Tuna Tartare.

Or why not feast on these Charcuterie options instead: Mortadella,  Prosciutto Parma, and Salsiccia Sarda Piccante. And if you fancy some pasta, your choices include Rigatoni Amatriciana, Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe, Mafaldine, Raviolone, Tagliolini al Nero,  and seafood-laden Linguine Marinara.

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For the main course, they offer Tuscan Steak (dry-aged hanger steak with marrow butter and summer herb salad); Pork Cotoletta served with red pickled onion, pecorino and watercress; Half Roast Chicken on mediterranean dressing with cherry tomatoes and fragrant herbs; Tomorrow’s Fish of the Day garnished with burnt lemon and broadleaf rocket; and Bistecca alla Fiorentina served with fresh lemon, rosemary, and salt flakes.

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Lastly, their drinks showcase a curated selection, courtesy of Bar Impresario and Managing Partner Jared Thibault, ranging from natural wines to cocktails. There are over 10 different kinds of negroni on the menu, including the Classic Negroni, Vintage Birthday Negroni, and Umami White Negroni. There’s even a specially designed Sasso Italiano beer, Birra Cazino. That’s one of the first Italian-style lagers brewed in Australia, courtesy of Aether Brewing.

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Hyatt Place Brisbane – South City Square in Woolloongabba to Open in 2023

Hyatt announced that it will soon open its first ever Hyatt hotel in Brisbane, marking its return to Queensland.

Set to open in 2023, the Hyatt Place hotel will be part of the $700 million South City Square precinct redevelopment on the corner of Logan Road and Deshon Street in Woolloongabba.

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The agreement between the Hyatt Group Asia Pacific and South City Square developers, Pellicano and Perri Projects was signed last 30 April.

The Hyatt Place Brisbane South City Square hotel will feature 170 rooms, a rooftop pool and bar, a 24-hour grab-and-go food market, a café, lobby lounge, and fitness centre

“We’re proud to work with Pellicano and Perri Projects to bring the Hyatt Place brand to Brisbane for the first time, marking Hyatt’s return to the Queensland market and into a dynamic and fast-emerging community.

“Woolloongabba is a hotspot for major sporting, entertainment, tourism, commercial and medical areas in Brisbane, and we look forward to giving professionals and leisure travellers a relaxed, high-quality hotel experience within South City Square’s vibrant, inner-city lifestyle hub,” said Hyatt Group Asia Pacific president David Udell.

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Once construction is complete, South City Square will feature apartments, Readings Cinemas, a Woolworths supermarket, health and wellness facilities, offices, a childcare centre, and a range of shopping, dining, cafés, and boutique retailers.

“We’re delighted to work with Hyatt and benefit from its world-class knowledge and introducing guests to Hyatt’s first select-service contemporary hotel in Queensland,” Pellicano Managing Director Nando Pellicano said.

“Hyatt Place Brisbane South City Square will be the leading hotel destination for cricket and AFL enthusiasts, as well as those visiting for major entertainment events at our flagship ‘Gabba’ stadium.

“Whether you’re having a ‘staycation,’ or visiting from interstate or overseas, the Hyatt Place hotel will give guests the high-end, low-fuss, and enlivening experience we’re creating at South City Square,” Mr Pellicano said.

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Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner was pleased with the latest partnership and said that Brisbane welcomes internationally recognised hotel brands such as Hyatt.

“Brisbane has emerged as Australia’s New World City, however, just five years ago we were forgoing 121,000 visitors every year as a result of a shortage in internationally recognised, full-service hotel rooms,” Cr Schrinner said.

“For the first time in a decade, the city now offers a wide range of new luxury accommodation options, supporting our $7.5 billion tourism industry and record visitation to the city.

“Making sure the city has high-quality hotel options is important for the city to ensure we can continue to secure major cultural and sporting events, conventions, plus an ever increasing lifestyle and leisure market,” he said.