One of the CBD’s best burger joints is set for an expansion.
Johnny Na’s Miel Container has become a firm favourite among inner-city types since opening in 2013, riding high on its efficient output of brioche-bunned meat patties and inventive sides.
But such has been the success of the little-shipping-container-that-could, that Na is opening a second outlet in Sunnybank’s Market Square. The new digs will stick to the shipping container theme but with seating for 120 people – at least tripling the size of the current venue on the corner of Mary and Albert Streets, Na reckons.
The idea came directly from the punters. “Thirty or 40 per cent of our customers are Asian and they’re always asking me to open at Sunnybank, because many of them are driving from there into the city every time they want a burger,” Na laughs. “And there are so many people out there.”
The menu will stay rooted in inventive burger offerings, a product of the Korean expatriate’s extensive experience with French cooking (he studied at Le Cordon Bleu in Sydney, before doing time in numerous restaurants around Darling Harbour). But he’ll also introduce a couple of new items into the mix.
“We’re going to do burgers and ribs, and a selection of Australian beers on tap. We’re also doing a soft-serve ice cream, but a different style of ice cream that we don’t think you can get just yet in Australia.”
The new Miel Container is set to open mid-April. Na won’t be drawn on an exact date but everything is on target – “hopefully,” he laughs.