Coffee with dash of history as old Engine Room enters new era

August 3, 2017 by  

Fortitude Valley residents have a new coffee venue to check out just up the road at Teneriffe that is sure to fire up a taste for a good brew and a bit of history.

Part of the old wool stores, the heritage-listed Engine Room has been turned into a café as part of Brisbane Council’s move to create more leisure and lifestyle activities alongside

the Brisbane River’s inner-city reaches.

New signs have been erected to promote the new café which was opened after six months of renovations, according to Lord Mayor Graham Quirk.

“This building once housed mechanical equipment for wharves used by the wool industry and the Navy, but is now home to a social enterprise café run by Uniting Hands Foundation,”

he said.

“The transformation of the Engine Room provides a window into a different era, with the café interior featuring photos and memorabilia from its rich history.”

Infrastructure Chairman Cr Amanda Cooper said the building, which had been subject to a $1.2m restoration project, had not been used for decades.

“The Engine Room has benefited from extensive interior works with a new floor and ceiling installed, restored brickwork, a commercial-grade kitchen, as well as a new exterior dining area,” she said.

Cr Cooper said that initially the café will open from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm in line with Court-approved hours but hours may be extended in the future.