Craft’d Ground: New 2,600sqm Lifestyle Precinct to Bring Changes to Albion

Craft’d Ground
Photo Credit: PD Online/Brisbane City Council

Craft’d Ground, a new and massive lifestyle precinct, spanning 2,600 square metres, will change the way Albion residents shop, dine and enjoy their downtime once it opens.

Set for an unveiling in May, the site on Collingwood Street is the brainchild of the co-owners of Collingwood Black Espresso & Bar and The Black Market in Brisbane’s northside. 

Craft’d Ground  (DA A005675120) is built around a former craft brewery at the 100-year-old timber mill and will take up 500 square metres. The rest of the property will include a bottle shop, coffee shops, a national coffee roaster, an espresso bar and cocktail bar, a handful of restaurants, and a patisserie and fromagerie.

Plans for a live music and special events venue will also make up the lifestyle precinct. There will be a laneway lined with works of street artists and a section for hosting farmers’ markets. 

Photo Credit: PD Online/Brisbane City Council
Photo Credit: PD Online/Brisbane City Council

Co-owner James Rennell said that this foodie and entertainment area will be locally focused and offer a more authentic experience. Mr Rennell and his partners thought long and hard on the concept of Craft’d Ground, especially after several businesses in retail and the food industry closed due to the pandemic. 

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With renewing connections in mind, Craft’d Ground will be a place for people to savour great food and enjoy their coffee in an expansive space where there will be little partitions and more chances to connect. 

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Visitors to this new lifestyle precinct can dine, wine or meet up and celebrate with friends, families and even their pets. Mr Rennell said that they looked up to Sydney’s The Grounds of Alexandria for the inspiration to Craft’d Ground.

The site is expected to finish construction in late May 2021 and will be ready for domestic tourism once the borders are completely gone.