After five years of sprinkling their special brand of burger magic around Auckland, Burger Burger is branching out to the South Island.
The restaurant group is set to open in Christchurch’s Welles Street on May 25, where it will share space with, and is located beside Supreme Coffee’s cafe, Supreme Supreme.
The 350 square metre space will have capacity to seat 130 diners across two indoor dining areas. These areas are connected by a high-seated bar area for overflow diners or those who just wish to enjoy a drink with friends. There is a conservatory – complete with a cosy fireplace and the restaurant’s garden courtyard seats an additional 20 diners.
Burger Burger’s big move south comes five years after restaurateur Mimi Gilmour and executive chef Adrian Chilton dreamed up the concept of a burger restaurant with deliciously juicy burgers, fries, charred broccoli and shakes all made from scratch using quality local produce.
The Burger Burger menu is popular with all ages and appetites, features regular specials and offers beef, chicken, lamb and fish options as well as vegetarian, vegan and gluten free. There is an extensive kids menu and for the grande finale a sweet treat menu where ice cream is the hero of every dish.
Diners can wash down their burgers with a little something from the drinks menu, which includes shakes, fresh housemade sodas, kombucha, organic juice, Sawmill tap beer and local beer from Cassels Brewery, wine, including a special Burger Burger blend which is vegan, vegetarian and preservative free, or original, jazzy or light and bright cocktails.
The Burger Burger menu has proven a big hit with burger fans, which has seen two more Auckland restaurants rolled out and now the fourth restaurant in Christchurch.
Gilmour says Burger Burger Christchurch is very much infuenced by the history of the area and the building it’s now calling home.
The building, which sits next door to what was an artist collective, was a very famous Chinese supermarket for years and has a raw, industrial feel that has now been paired with Burger Burger’s new contemporary conservatory extension.
Diners will have plenty of art to admire while they enjoy their burgers and fries, with many specially commissioned one-off pieces to be included in the space.
These include an artwork by local artist Brendan Ryan that embodies his sense of his hometown of Christchurch, as well as a mural by Ryan’s son, Jacob Yikes, that will reference painter Henri Rousseau.
Art from 22 local artists, many of them donated from the former Welles Street Welder Artist Collective, (Kyla Kuzniarski Aka Kayla K, Lara Kate Marshall and Joel Hart to name just three), will adorn the walls of the restaurant before they are auctioned off at Christmas to raise money for a charity close to Gilmour’s heart – The Brain Injured Children Trust. She plans to commission 22 new pieces each year for this purpose.
Gilmour says the artwork connection will bring a special element to Burger Burger’s first Christchurch establishment.
“This will be a space filled with character and personal touches,” she says.
“We hope that Christchurch will see this as a place to come together and share memorable moments with the people they love.
“We have met many really beautiful humans while building Burger Burger Christchurch. These creative loving humans deeply want their city to rise up from the ashes and be bigger and richer in vitality than ever before.
“We have a huge amount of respect for this city and we are extremely excited to be welcomed into this community.”
The new Christchurch restaurant is just the beginning of Burger Burger’s expansion plans for 2019, with a new eatery opening in Mount Maunganui later this month and a sixth opening in Auckland’s Commercial Bay later this year.
Burger Burger Christchurch will create 20 jobs in the region and will be open seven days a week (Sunday – Thursday from 11.30am-9.00pm and Friday – Saturday from 11.30am-10.00pm).
Large group bookings for both the main dining area and conservatory will be accepted for special occasions between 10 -20 people. Otherwise, Christchurch’s Burger Burger fans can dine in or enjoy takeaways with online orders via the Burger Burger app.
Burger Burger Christchurch
10 Welles Street, Christchurch (beside Supreme Supreme)
Sunday – Thursday from 11.30am-9.00pm
Friday – Saturday from 11.30am-10.00pm