Almost 12 months to the day since opening in Fremantle, local burger master Meet & Bun is set to open its third restaurant in Mount Lawley. Taking over the space previously occupied by Zeus Street Greek, the 120-seat restaurant is Meet & Bun’s biggest yet. Owner John Pavlos admits it’s been a challenge, although he’s not reinventing the wheel.
“This is my dream shop,” says Pavlos. “It’s really just about refining what we’ve been doing and making sure we’re doing it better. I say to my team that it starts with the customers. You look after them, I’ll look after you and they’ll look after us. That’s how we continue to grow.”
The launch of the new restaurant will see the core burger and chicken menu standardised across all three outlets, with shakes and desserts soon to be offered in the CBD. A vegan burger is in development, and breakfast will be offered in Mount Lawley once the dust has settled. The frozen custard introduced in Fremantle has been tweaked, with a soft-serve custard mix now being used to increase efficiency and get drinks to customers faster.
“We can make milkshakes in 45 seconds now, before it was around two minutes,” says Pavlos. “We’d make the custard up to three times a day depending how busy we were. If you’re getting slammed, you can’t really leave what you’re doing to go and make more custard.”
Possibly the most welcome addition to the new venue is its liquor license. Gage Roads is the primary beer supplier, with its Single Fin and Pale Ale to be served on tap. Wine will be available by the glass. A custom lager is in development and boozy shakes are on the agenda.
The Fremantle store has proven to be a good move for Pavlos, although he admits to being worried at first.
“Freo’s doing really well, it helped take us to the next level and be able to do something here (Mount Lawley),” he says. “I knew that we would succeed in Freo, but they either love you or hate you. We’ve been lucky.”
Meet & Bun Mount Lawley opens on Monday November 5.
Meet & Bun Mount Lawley
609 Beaufort Street, Mount Lawley