Messina is no stranger to the Brisbane public, having appeared at many inner city events over the years, including The Brisbane Ice Cream Festival and the Milton Markets. With a cult-like following, Messina is a favourite in Sydney and Melbourne, and staff hope the success will follow the brand to its new home in Melbourne Street, South Brisbane.
“A lot of people have been asking for us to open up a store in Brisbane so we are very excited to finally be opening here in Melbourne Street,” says Siân Bishop, brand and content manager.
Messina first opened in 2002 in Darlinghurst Sydney, and is still its largest store so far. The Melbourne Street store will be the 16th venue. Launched by Nick Palumbo, with the help of his brother Danny, head chef Donato and fourth owner Declan, Messina has grown to become a nationwide success.
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While each Messina store incorporates signature elements, including polished concrete floors and the trademark colours — pistachio green, orange and brown — Nick works tirelessly on each new store to create something slightly unique. The Brisbane store has a mid-70s Palm Springs aesthetic with mahogany panels, angular built-in cake cabinets and a custom-built gelato classroom.
Messina is also hoping to bring ‘Hands On’ gelato making classes, gelato appreciation sessions, plus the popular Creative Department to Brisbane later in the year. The Creative Department is a seven-course gelato degustation, but different to what one would expect. Those daring enough to participate have their tastebuds wowed with an assortment of both sweet and savoury delights paired with housemade drinks. Pickled blood plum sorbet and garlic gelato are a few examples of Messina’s bold flavour ventures.