The Weekend Edition, 11 Feb 2019
Northside shopping centre Toombul has announced a mouth-watering new addition to its offering, due to open at the end of 2019. Mirvac had announced its plans for an exciting $35-million redevelopment of the 52-year-old shopping centre, with new dining precinct UPSTAIRS at Toombul. UPSTAIRS promises to be a first-of-its-kind dining and entertainment precinct, and will be home to up to ten new eateries, an entertainment and lifestyle offering and a fully refurbished art-house cinema. The star of the precinct will be Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq – think circus meets arcade meets bar and eatery, where Golden Gaytime-topped cocktails and Insta-worthy food collides with arcade games, dodgem cars, bowling and more. The venue comes from Funlab – the team behind Holey Moley, B. Lucky & Sons and Strike – so you know you’re going to be in for a good time. The full list of UPSTAIRS at Toombul retailers is yet to be revealed – we’ll keep you posted.
Concrete Playground: 12 Feb 2019
It’s opening inside a new $35 million dining and entertainment precinct in Brisbane’s northeast.
Just six months after the Valley opening of B. Lucky & Sons, Funlab — the group responsible for Holey Moley and Strike Bowling — is set to open yet another kidult wonderland in Brisbane. This time it’s Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq, a circus-themed arcade bar that will open in Toombul, in the city’s northeast, in late 2019.
The Brisbane instalment is the third for the brand, which first opened in Sydney back in December 2017 then in Melbourne a year later. The Brisbane version will open above the Toombul shopping centre as part of a new $35 million entertainment and dining precinct called Upstairs. The fancy redevelopment, slated for completion by the end of 2019, will also be home to ten new eateries, a cinema and a suitable vague “entertainment and lifestyle offering” — we’ll update you as soon as we know more on that.
While the details surrounding the Brisbane Archie Brothers outpost are also vague, its interstate counterparts feature over 60 arcade games (starting at $2 a pop), with tickets able to be used to purchase the usual assortment of random objects and plastic toys at the prize bazaar. They’re also home to bowling alleys, dodgem cars, interactive 3D theatres and virtual reality games — we’re expecting Brisbane to be no different (and no less OTT).
The food menus at Sydney and Melbourne outposts fit in with the circus decor and focuses on over-the-top novelty American diner grub. Think pink burgers, cheddar cheese-dusted potato gems and garlic aioli that’s served in a syringe. You get the idea.
The drinks follow suit, with a ridiculously involved cocktails such as the Shark Tanq: a concoction of gin, blue curaçao, coconut syrup, egg white and orange bitters, all topped with flavoured Red Bull and garnished with gummy shark lollies.
Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq is slated to open at Upstairs, Toombul shopping centre, 1015 Sandgate Road, Toombul, in late-2019.
Courier Mail. 10 Feb 2019
Toombul Shopping Centre will undergo a $35 million revamp, adding what developers are calling “a first-of-its kind, urban dining and entertainment experience”.
Mirvac, who bought the centre in 2016, has put the centre through a phase of upgrades, but this one takes the cake.
Open by the end of the year, the redevelopment — called UPSTAIRS at Toombul — will add up to 10 new eateries, a refurbished art-house cinema and a funky new “circus-slash-arcade bar” Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq.
Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq’s venues in Sydney’s Alexandria and Melbourne’s Docklands are a neon-light filled fun factory of arcade games, laser tag, bowling, virtual reality games, bumper cars and cinema, eatery and a cocktail bar, featuring wacky signature drinks mixing lollies, whipped cream and alcohol.
Toombul Centre Manager, Melanie Hodge said “dining at UPSTAIRS is about more than just food, it’s a fully immersive experience”.
“Our customers have been craving something new and exciting. They want more than just a place to shop, they want stimulating experiences and eateries. Toombul will become the place for people to socialise, be entertained and indulged,” Ms Hodge said.
Toombul, which opened in 1967, has Coles, Kmart, Target and Aldi, more than 110 specialty stores and an eight-screen BCC Cinema Complex. A decade ago, media reports told of tough times for retail tenants at the centre. Major retailers such as David Jones vacated the centre in 2011. Since taking over Toombul, Mirvac has spent more than $10 million upgrading the centre and also attracted two major retailers, Bunnings and Pet Barn.