Mere months after Neil Perry brought his acclaimed Burger Project to the CBD, another beloved Sydney burger joint is on its way to Melbourne. Chur Burger is the brainchild of chef Warren Turnbull, who's been satisfying burger cravings in Sydney and Brisbane for years. Now, after some delay, he's firing up the grill in our neck of the woods under the — and needless to say, we can't bloody wait.
Opening Monday August 22 on Swan Street in Richmond under the watch of Turnbull's business partner Johnny Moukachar, the menu at Chur Burger Melbourne will be much the same as it is in Sydney. Think mouthwatering burgers including signature lamb and pulled pork options, as well as a particularly tasty number made with beef, blue cheese and onion rings. They also happen to make one hell of a milkshake — and like all our favourite burger joints, they're more than happy to throw in a little booze.
Technically, this isn't Chur Burger's first foray into the Melbourne market. Turnbull actually shared his recipes with publican David Carney when the latter took over management of Hotel Kew late last year – although they've since been removed from the menu.
Moukachar tells Concrete Playground there are "a few other Melbourne venues in the works," and earmarked Eastland Shopping Centre as one potential location. We also heard rumblings about another scheme out in Chadstone, where Chur Burger recently put out a job call for crew members as part of a collaboration with Hoyts Cinemas. Burger and a movie? Don't mind if we do.
Other plans include the first Chur Burger food truck which will service "festivals and the beach", and a pair of international stores in Saudi Arabia – the first of which Moukachar says should open in January next year.
Chur Burger will open at 176 Swan Street, Richmond on August 22. For more info, visit their Instagram.