If nothing else, the owners of Bordertown have pedigree. Up until recently, Cameron Birt owned The Bowery in Fortitude Valley; Dan Bechly co-owned the now-closed fine-diner The Buffalo Club; and Birt’s partner, CC Smith, co-founded iconic live music venue The Zoo. In 2016, the trio opened Bordertown, an enormously popular Tex-Mex burger and taco eatery in Noosa.
“[Bordertown] is something a bit more fun, a bit more with the times,” Smith says. “There’s still a space for fine-dining, but it seems after the GFC that window narrowed a bit.”
That hasn’t stopped the owners from applying a few fine-dining techniques to Bordertown. Everything that can be made in-house is. For example, the beef for the burgers is ground in-house and the cheeses and sauces are made from scratch. Smith reckons it sets Bordertown apart.
“When you talk about burgers, it’s easy to cut corners – a lot of places buy things in,” Smith says. “But the proof is in the pudding with our burgers.”
While the popular Noosa venue is a licensed bar with plenty of seating, the CBD venue is in a food court, sans booze, and caters to the lunch-time takeaway trade. The menu is similar to the Noosa venue, with a number of burgers – the Bordertown with a 100 per cent beef patty, Velveeta cheese, tomato, lettuce, red-onion pickle and special sauce is the most popular – and eight tacos including with Panko-crumbed barramundi, and slow-roasted duck.
The 15-seat space is dark and modern with lots of concrete and an art installation on the back wall by Queensland-based painter Thom Stuart. Another wall will soon be dedicated to showcasing the art of other local artists.