Hooked on New York

Hooked on New York

With Brisbane’s laneway culture expanding, we welcome the New York inspired Red Hook to Gresham Lane.

By Candice Jackson | 20th October 2014

The new bar and eatery tucked away in Gresham Lane has been opened by hospitality duo Bonnie Shearston and Tom Samceau (the pair behind Public) and is serving a New York feel to Brisbane’s CBD.

Style spoke with owner and director Tom about the inspiration for the restaurant and its current vibe and signature dishes and drinks.

“We have been wanting to open a venue in a laneway since spending time in Melbourne when we first arrived in Australia. Laneway culture is great and there's nothing more fun when you stumble across an interesting looking path that leads you to hidden venues,” says Tom.

He admits they originally had huge concerns for the small space and whether their ideas and concepts would work. Tom says that’s when they realised the space was very similar to that of a food truck vendor.

“Some of the best food trucks are in New York- hence Red Hook was born.”

If you’re not following… Tom explains that Red Hook is a neighbourhood in the New York City borough of Brooklyn.

“It’s a cool, arty, interesting neighbourhood, with its fair share of food trucks,” he continues.

While the hole-in-the-wall venue wedged between The Gresham and The Roll Shop only caters for three customers inside, the majority of their trade happens in their laneway courtyard.

The venue is open 6 days until midnight serving up waffles and coffee in the morning and signature American inspired dishes including their Brooklyn cheeseburger and ‘kung fu duck tacos’, which Tom explains have been nicknamed by patrons as ‘duck in a truck’, as they serve them in a mini food truck.

Red Hook turns up the music from 3pm and creates more of a bar feel, with Tom mentioning they have two very creative bartenders who’ve been busy making some very fun drinks.

“I recommend the 'Harlem Hard Shake' or the 'Salted Caramel Old Fashioned' however, the drink that's getting all the attention is the 'Dr Pepper Depth Charge' - the guys from Game of Thrones loved it!”

Red Hook
Shop 3, 88 Creek St, The City… aka ‘Gresham Lane’


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Article by Candice Jackson

Candice Jackson is a former Journalist of Style Magazines. She has an uncontrollable sweet tooth, an irrational fear of birds and a love of travel. Candice believes in the Yes Man Philosophy.


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