“Welcome men, women, children and wookies …” announces a blackboard on Queen Street in Brisbane’s CBD. It’s literally the first sign that Glen Morris’ Death Star Canteen has finally landed.
Inspired by Eddie Izzard’s cult comedy routine of the same name and, of course, the hugely popular Star Wars films it lampoons, Glen Morris’ “cafe that you’re looking for” was originally slated for a May the 4th Be With You opening, but delays with installing a grease trap pushed it back to the next best option: just getting it done.
The hold-ups have allowed Morris and his wife and co-owner, Tanya, to fine-tune everything else. And you can tell: staff uniforms come replete with stormtrooper caps and Princess Leia buns. A stormtrooper swings from a hammock in the corner. Tea is delivered in R2-D2 teapots. Delicately detailed Death Star flowerpots dot the tables.