CBD coffee shop, Mr Claude, offered free cannoli to the first 100 customers for its opening in the newly refurbished Dexus Building this month.

Brisbane hospitality powerhouse Tim Johnson said he was confident that city residents and workers would be tempted by Mr Claude’s charismatic new signature blend. “We are incredibly excited to bring coffee lovers a fresh cafe experience in the CBD and are certain Mr Claude’s charming space – nostalgic of chic Italian cafes – will become a much-loved city sanctuary,” Johnson said.

To help celebrate Mr Claude’s opening, My Kitchen Rules 2020 champions Jake and Elle Harrison served cannoli of EatStreet Northshore fame. Struggling to find the ideal blend of equally iconic Italian and Australian coffee cultures, Mr Johnson has created his own roast named simply Mr Claude’s Original Blend. “Our coffee is unique to Mr Claude and combines the best of both Australian and Italian coffee culture into one rich, smooth blend,” Johnson said. “We are sure Mr Claude’s Original Blend will capture the hearts and palates of even the city’s most faithful java lovers.”

Mr Claude joins celebrated bars and restaurants Corbett & Claude, Comuna Cantina, and Tetto Rooftop within Johnson’s Corbett Collective. As well as creating hospitality brands, he has managed international brands including YUM!, Vapiano and Grill’d. For more than 20 years, Johnson has worked in the hospitality industry across Australia and London. Tim started his hospitality career at McDonalds as a teenager and during his 13 years with the fast food company, he oversaw the management of 35 restaurants across Australia.

Housed in the base of the newly developed Dexus Building, Mr Claude is the first of several names from the Corbett Collective to make a new home on Creek Street.

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