If you’ve been lamenting the disappearance of free soft drink refills at Maccas and Hungry Jack’s, this news is for you. Opening Wednesday January 10, famed Rockpool Bar & Grill chef Neil Perry is bringing back self-administered Franken-sodas at his new two-storey Burger Project on Bourke Street, the fourth store for Melbourne.

Perry will be there on the day to welcome guests to the 170-seat store that will serve the first of several limited-edition burgers to mark the occasion. First up is The Mexican, featuring the chain’s 36-month, grass-fed Cape Grim beef patties from Tasmania with chilli salsa, guacamole, lettuce, tomato and sour cream. Burgers riffing on Korean and Japanese cuisine are currently in development. The limited-edition burgers will change every eight weeks. All 11 burgers from the regular menu will still be available.

A dedicated bar will pour froths from Mornington Peninsula Brewery such as its Hop Culture and Pale, and Young Henrys Real Ale and Natural Lager. Hoppy Hour will run Monday to Friday from 3pm to 6pm, with $5 beers and $10 burger-and-chip combos.

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Meals will be delivered to your table with the aid of GPS buzzers; so no more standing at the counter endlessly checking the number on your mangled receipt.

Screens will play sports and music channels throughout the venue – a plus or minus depending on your interests.

The second level can be hired for events including children’s parties. Brave are the parents who take up the offer considering the unlimited soda.

Burger Project Bourke Street
555 Bourke Street, Melbourne

Mon to Sat 11am–9pm