Matt Lee and Justin Kong hadn’t planned on it being this busy.
Since opening their second Miss Kay’s last month in leafy Mitchelton, the duo’s Blackwood Street venue has been selling twice the amount of burgers as the CBD original. Empty tables are rare and queues regularly run out the door.
“We’re thankful the community has supported us,” Lee says, standing in the middle of the bustling restaurant. “It’s actually busier than we wanted. We didn’t staff for this many people. We don’t have a kitchen that’s big enough, or enough seats.”
The red-and-black colour scheme is familiar from the CBD space, as is the neon signage and subway tiles. Mitchelton’s key point of difference is its outdoor dining area – perfect for summer months in the suburbs.
The burgers are just as outrageous as ever. There’s the Mac Daddy (300-day grain-fed Angus beef, mac’n’cheese, American cheese, lettuce, barbeque sauce, mayo and fries); the MK Special (beef, maple bacon, onion rings, American cheese, pickle, sweet barbeque sauce); and the Ludakrisp (crispy fried chicken, house slaw, pickle, sweet-barbeque sauce and mayo). Sides include fries, onion rings and fried wings.
Over the bar come craft brews such as Balter and James Squire, as well as Miss Kay’s inspired milkshake menu, which includes The Cee Lo Green (mint chocolate, topped with chocolate shavings) or The Elvis (peanut butter flavoured, topped with crushed peanuts and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups). Coffee is supplied by Fonzie Abbott Espresso.