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Adelaide – Alive!

Adelaide – Alive!

Posted By on Jan 29, 2015

On a recent trip to Adelaide, my mission was to discover what’s new in food. Always searching for innovative concepts, passionate operators who dare to go the extra mile, and destinations that offer amazing experiences.

Summer is definitely the time to visit as the city and surrounding areas come alive through the numerous arts festivals, sporting events, food markets and events. The refurbishment of the Adelaide oval and a calendar of events attracting locals and tourists provides opportunities for food operators to leverage from the increased foot traffic. As a result, a number of dining enclaves and pop-up events have continued to excite and attract crowds of people looking to eat and drink before or after an event, or just soak up the social energy while grazing over a share plate and a good local wine or two. Discovering the fine local food, wines and craft beers is now more accessible in the CBD, inner suburbs or on a road trip to the Barossa or McLarenvale.

After the new liquor license for small venues was introduced in 2013 a laneway culture has emerged in the CBD as well s a range of unique bars and licensed casual eating concepts across town.   While there is still an obvious absence of national brands in the licensed all day casual dining category (GYG, Mad Mex, Schnitz & Grill’d) the new local innovators of food and beverage have emerged triumphantly.


Look out for the innovative crew lead by Stuart Duckworth creating youthful and artful venues and pop-up events:

  • Royal Croquet Club
  • Royal Raj Racquet Club
  • Miss Miami Crabshack
  • Miss Lee’s Laundry & Bar
  • Little Miss Mexico
  • Golden Boy
  • Griffin Place – Mr Kims, Rocket Bar, Electric Circus, Rooftop Bar & Cinema

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Peel Street – CBD Laneway

A laneway destination full of  ‘on trend’ casual restaurants and bars by passionate and visionary operators is a hit with all ages seeking a vibrant and laid back night out. Peel Street offers just that and more! Spanish, Mexican, Serbian, Italian and more clever casual food, inventive cocktails, great wine & beer – day and night.

  • Mexican bar Chihuahua
  • The Clever Little Tailor
  • Barbushka
  • Bread & Bone
  • Peel Street
  • The Kaffana
  • Maybe Mae
  • La Moka
  • La Rambla Tapas Bar

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Casino & CBD area

  • Sean’s Kitchen
  • Madam Hanoi
  • Jamie’s Italian
  • 2KW Rooftop Bar & Restaurant
  • Street & Orana
  • Downtown HDCB

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Suburbs and Shoreline

  • Si Senorita – Holdfast Shores
  • Café Troppo – Whitmore Square
  • Vietnamese Laundry – Sturt Street
  • Adelaide Market – CBD


The Barossa

  • Maggie Beer
  • Langmeil Winery
  • FermentAsian

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Fast Food Majors Re-position Brands

Fast Food Majors Re-position Brands

Posted By on Jan 8, 2015

While there will always be a market for cheap, fried fast food, it is interesting to observe that both McDonald’s and KFC are developing new concepts in a bid to align with consumers and increase market share.  Creating brands in the casual dining arena allows access to a broader consumer base and the ability to trade across a range of day parts with a higher spend per customer.

The recent success and expansion of brands including Grill’d, Guzmen y Gomez, Mad Mex and Schnitz and the increased consumer demand for healthier, freshly made food is likely to have influenced these directions in Australia.

There have been numerous comments on KFC’s proposed introduction of beer and cider on their menu at a store destined for Sydney’s Parramatta and McDonald’s new healthy concept cafe “The Corner” in Camperdown.

KFC – Proposed at Church Street, Parramatta

Currently waiting on licensing permits and social ramifications of aligning alcohol with what has been perceived as a ‘family and kids’ brand in Australia, KFC expands its offer to capture the more lucrative slice of the market.  Researching their stores overseas highlights that it’s not just about adding alcohol to the menu.  It appears that the stores have a different look and feel, although an off shoot brand with a different name could be a more palatable option

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KFC sells a selection of beer in Canada


McDonald’s – The Corner Cafe – Camperdown

Will this format replace the bland McCafe model? Strategically located across from the Royal Alfred Hospital in Camperdown, an American style healthier food cafe has been launched.  The rebranding and store fit out meets the appeal of todays young and hip cafe crowd with the inclusion of sustainable style packaging, design your own salads, wraps and rolls, grab and go items with coffee in a relaxed environment.

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The Corner Cafe by McDonald’s – Healthy salad

The next question is – will McDonald’s move to introducing alcohol as they have in Paris and Germany?

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McDonald’s Paris


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