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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | December 7, 2021

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Moose and Gibson cafe - Woolloongabba

Kristie Yates

The first time I came across Moose and Gibson was the rainy public holiday of The Queen’s Birthday. After wandering around the industrial backstreets of Woolloongabba, in a desperate search of dry land and hot coffee, Moose and Gibson became our salvation.

The establishment design stuck out as though it belonged in a busy café hub in Melbourne yet the youthful, casual and cosy atmosphere hit the spot. We were quickly approached by friendly staff who encouraged us to order some coffees at the espresso bar.

While sipping our invigorating Two Seasons brews we were seated and received the All Day Breakfast menus. With items ranging from muesli and sandwiches to buttermilk pancakes, and plenty of creative egg dishes, the chefs at Moose and Gibson have transformed breakfast into a fine art.

The second time I went to Moose and Gibson, I caught up with the business co-owners, Malcolm Watts and Scott Higginbotham about the latest and greatest little cafe to arrive in Woolloongabba and how it won’t be so little for much longer.

They may be the new kids on the block but Malcolm and Scott launched Moose and Gibson after the positive results of their first café, Leaf Espresso Bar in Tarragindi.

“The success of our first project Leaf, has allowed us to focus on this new one as another sustainable business. We’ve been here for just over a month now and it’s going well. We’ve become big believers in South Brisbane, in the market and growth here.” Malcolm says.

One of the standout characteristics of this sweet café is the quirky name. As many customers are catching on, Moose and Gibson refers to Malcolm’s friendly, semi-hibernating Dogue de Bordeaux dogs.

“I named the dogs but Scotty named the café. People get a kick out of it and sometimes I think they come in just to see the dogs.”

With a hands-on approach, Malcolm and Scott have been deeply involved in site’s design process, featuring timber pallet signs, high ceilings, uncovered light bulbs and a clever display of exposed copper piping.

“The idea was to go for that industrial look but with a lot of different elements. I’ve been living in Melbourne, checked out plenty of cafes and simple stuff like this is definitely the way to go. It looks great and our added details make it a bit warmer, not entirely industrial.” Scott says.

“Once people come in and start looking around, that’s when they notice the detail and thought that has gone into it,” says Malcolm. “I think having that hands on involvement rather than paying someone else to do it, has given us an outcome we are proud of.”

Now that they have thrown Moose and Gibson into the deep end to test the waters, Malcolm and Scott are eager to expand by broadening their menu, hosting private functions and presenting plenty of live music.


“You may see us open up into the building beside us. For now though, we are definitely launching a lunch menu over the next week or so, then we’ll be going into night time trading and making room for a bar.” Malcolm says.

Having already received glowing reviews and praise in their short time, what is it about Moose and Gibson that sets them apart in the vibrant café scene of South Brisbane?

Scott: “For us, it’s the site being a destination, not so much something that exists in a shopping district or main street with other cafes. This is a little out of the way, it’s not the same old scene and people are going out of their way to come in”.

Malcolm: “We came into this from the customer’s side of the table. I think we have a fresh appreciation for the industry. We’re not tired or bored of it. At the moment, that’s kind of working to our advantage”.

Moose and Gibson has settled into the industrial backstreets of Woolloongabba as a versatile and innovative young venue. Striking the perfect balance of business and pleasure, I can confidently recommend Moose and Gibson to families, corporate individuals, students and everyone in between.

The Details:

Where: 77 Jurgens St, Woolloongabba, South Brisbane

When: Mon – Sun: 6.00am – 2.00pm

How much: Menu items cost between $5 to $20

Ph: (07) 3339 7987