Since opening its Nedlands bar in 2013, Varsity has become one of Perth’s best-known restaurant brands. This week, Varsity’s existing venues in Northbridge, Waterford and Morley will welcome a new member to the family with the opening of a fifth venue in Joondalup.
“We’ve got three different brands,” says co-owner Matt Pound. (Joining Pound in Varsity’s brains trust are fellow co-owners Fabian Bucher and Ben Maher.) “We’ve got burgers in Northbridge, Project in Morley which is more of a family-style restaurant, and obviously the bars with lots of sport on, a bit of a family vibe and American-style food.”
The Joondalup restaurant is Varsity’s biggest venue; it has capacity for 700 diners. Nedlands and Waterford, by comparison, seat 380.
“It’s quite a jump from what we’re used to,” says Pound.
The familiar Varsity bar menu will be on offer, with Uber Eats to follow down the track. The Joondalup staff has been trained in other Varsity venues, so Pound expects things to run smoothly, but isn’t taking chances in the first few days.
“We’re going to launch burgers initially, we really want to make sure we look after the people who come in,” he says. “Pizzas and subs will be a week behind, just because we want to make sure we can do everything well.”
The Varsity team has worked with local council groups in Morley, and plans to do the same in Joondalup.
“We really want to engage with the local community,” says Pound. “We want to make people aware that when a Varsity comes into their location, we want to make it a better place.”
Next on the team’s agenda is the relocation of Northbridge’s Varsity Burgers to the old Nando’s site opposite Northbridge Brewing Company.
Varsity Bar Joondalup opens this Friday April 27.
Varsity Bar Joondalup
20 Reid Promenade, Joondalup
Daily 11am to midnight