A whole lot more than a burger joint
The B.East is a burger joint. And a bar. And a live music venue, function venue and art gallery. It’s child friendly, has free wifi and opens early to cater for the coffee trade. Quite simply, The B.East cannot be pigeon holed which is a good thing is given their strict ‘no pigeons’ policy.
Open since April 13, ominous for some but not The B.East crew, it’s the mastermind of owner Maz Salt and venue manager, Crag Carrick. Both come with a musical background, hence the focus on live music Thursday to Sunday evenings, filling a void left from the Brunswick Club’s departure.
A former Turkish restaurant, the entire place has been gutted, the bar facade reclaimed, and the walls smattered with art works from website submissions all the way from Kenya to the US of A. They’re still accepting submissions too so email something through to email@example.com and help add to the effortlessly cool and so very north ambience.
Then there’s the burgers. Undertaking extensive research (and tastings) the boys opted for a proper chef, as opposed to a ‘grill man’, hiring ex Silk Road and London’s Soho House Chef Paul Moloney. The signature burger, the Classic, is a bargain at $10 with the perfect proportions of cheese, pickled red onion, lettuce, tomato and chef’s own (secret) ketchup upon a 130g pattie and wedged between a brioche bun from Brassiere Bread, South Melbourne. This must be complemented with the House Made Triple Cooked Chips. Must!
Keep an eye out for the ever evolving back area with plans for a charcoal pit and movie screenings soon.