When the gates to the original Boundary Street Markets shut for the last time in April 2016, so did much-loved burger stall Charboys.
After a nine-month hiatus, owners Shravan Gautam and Dominic Doan have finally reopened in the CBD. The new Edward Street premises are easy to spot down the hill from Central Station – just look for the bright-red fence with yellow stripes and oversized, artificial hedge. A tiled forecourt is scattered with tables and red stools, already populated most days by hungry office workers.
There’s just one catch. The 288 Edward Street office block that looms over Charboys will be redeveloped in September, meaning Gautam and Doan are already searching for a new location. In the meantime, the two law students didn’t want to cede any more ground in Brisbane’s busy burger market. “Our end goal is to have as many stores as we can,” Gautam says. “The short-term goal is finding a new spot. Something more permanent. Hopefully an actual shop.”
It’s the special sauce that sets Charboys apart. The recipe isn’t written down anywhere – Shravan makes it to taste using varying quantities of whole-egg mayonnaise, spice and “plenty of TLC”. The sauce appears on every burger ranging from the classic cheese and double pattie, to the lentil, southern fried chicken and brekkie burgers. They’re all served on a soft, fluffy milk bun. The meat comes in daily from Rock-N-Roll Butcher in Greenslopes.
288 Edward Street, Brisbane
0413 433 693
Mon to Fri 10am–2pm, 5pm–8pm