Meet & Bun opened as a pop-up in Trinity Arcade just over a year ago. Its Shake Shack-style hamburgers made a lasting impression on the Perth food scene, thanks largely to patties being cooked pink and juicy and being cradled in pillowy brioche buns. Later this week, the first permanent Meet & Bun restaurant opens in Fremantle.
Owner John Pavlos says the Freo menu will be similar to the one found in the CBD.
“Everything is pretty much the same in terms of the burger offering,” he says. “We are going to put a couple of specialised burgers on the menu. We’re working on a chicken parmigiana burger, a triple cheeseburger and fried chicken wings.”
A key addition to the new store – also earmarked for implementation at the Trinity Arcade original – is Shake Shack-style frozen custards, otherwise known as “concretes”. Using the same machines and custard found in Melbourne’s Royal Stacks, desserts will feature a base of vanilla or chocolate that can be made into shakes or served in waffle cones, decorated with mix-ins and syrups.
Taking over the former Raw Energy cafe, the new Meet & Bun will seat around 80 customers inside. A roadside alfresco space will be activated in due course.
“The [original] fit-out had a real franchise-y vibe with green and purple walls and plastic floors,” says Pavlos. “We’ve ripped that up and exposed the beautiful jarrah wood floors and heritage-listed bricks. We’ve put photos of New York around the place, homing in on the inspiration that started our journey a year ago.”