Tucked away in the quieter stretch of West End is Duo Bar & Restaurant – the brain child of Tess Rigby, who dreamed of opening her own restaurant ever since she was a little girl! With over 15 years of experience in food and hospitality, Tess set her eyes on a quaint cafe space in Brisbane to call her own.

Teaming up with her sister, the name ‘Duo’ was a direct reference to their partnership as well as their vision for the the restaurant.

It also comes from wanting to create a space that is a blend of opposite elements, country and city – a very relaxed setting within the hustle and bustle of the city. Rustic food with a modern twist and modern food with a rustic twist. Indoors meets outdoors.”

A feature wall of crates hand-assembled by Tess and her partner

We wanted the space to feel like you were visiting friends, family or neighbours and just enjoying good company with good food. Something that happens a lot when you live in a small town. We wanted to create a sense of community where our loyal regular customers are more than just customers, they become friends.

Inheriting its black walls and timber claddings, Tess & her team sought to inject some personality into the interiors, adding hints of copper, greenery and hand-finished wooden table tops.

With food and furniture design being two of Tess’ great passions, she is continually making small improvements to Duo – looking to add more plants that will thrive in the Brisbane climate, and completing the botanical ceiling that she’d put together with her dad. It is this passion that inspired our team to collaborate and provide seating solutions that can add a lightness to the ambience.

Featuring a scrumptious all-day breakfast menu, as well as lunch and tapas, the food at Duo is nothing short of amazing. Check out their full menu here

Right: Cauliflower popcorn – cauliflower florets seasoned with paprika & served with a cheesy béarnaise dipping sauce

Left: North Hem‘s Nico Chairs (as part of their Living Showrooms movement); Right: succulent chicken waffles with a drizzle of maple syrup

Right: “Hey Sweetie” – fluffy waffles topped with berry compote, chocolate sauce, ice cream and maple – almost too pretty to eat! 

A beautifully crafted leather journal as a menu, the logo is debossed & gilded by Able Book Binding

Tess – rocking the coffee station!

Duo bar and restaurant is currently promoting beautiful Siddhartha Mandala Throws, yay to supporting local creatives!

This post was originally featured on North Hem’s living showrooms : ) 

Duo bar and restaurant
2/27 Browning Street, West End, Brisbane

Duo Bar & Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

The lovely team behind North Hem have been busy curating comfortable & stylish designer furniture around town – their “living showroom” concept allows customers to experience their pieces in situ; whilst helping local businesses spice up their interiors!

I’ve long been a fan of their work – versatile, well-made and extremely comfortable. Partnering with local cafes (with massive cult following – think amazing coffee & food) North Hem‘s living showrooms are a great way to window shop whilst you enjoy a hearty breakfast or a casual catch up with friends.

I designed up some “snap & win” stickers for their showroom pieces – essentially snap a creative pic, tag #northhem on Facebook or Instagram & go into draws for free coffees! You’ll also find some collectible stickers to take home!

Working closely with each establishment, North Hem provides beautiful, functional designs that is suitable for each unique space. See if you can spot one at your local haunt! Some of the current living showrooms include Black Lab Coffee, Duo Bar & Restaurant, Extraction Artisan Coffee, Journey’s Kitchen & BarShawty’s Espresso … just to name a few!

For more of their design range, head on over to northhem.com.au

The legendary cocktail experts behind Canvas has recently taken over the space across the road and transformed it into the dapper Electric Avenue bistro-bar! Oozing with sophistication, the old-world glamour is a nod towards Gabba’s antique precinct.

The industrial pulley lights perfectly line the high ceilings, with plush furniture and button back seating giving the space a whiskey parlour aesthetic.

Intimate drinking nooks brimming with antique toys!

Collectibles everywhere!

Formal dining rooms

The menu boasts an interesting and unique list of ingredients, creative dishes such as ‘black garlic crepes’ – expected nothing less from head chef William Quartel (formerly of Sourced Grocers)

Whole grilled fish, with carrot kimchi glaze, sweet potato leaves, shiso, pickled green tomatoes, spring onions and dashi vinaigrette

Charred leek with miso

Ricotta & chestnut ravioli, topped with celeriac, mache and aged parsnip

Am keen to check out their upstairs bar (Jack Rabbit) next time!

Electric Avenue
23 Logan Road, Woolloongabba


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Harro! I'm Charmaine, a graphic designer & illustration artist based in Australia. This site is dedicated to my design shenanigans and anything that tickles my fancy! 



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