If there’s one thing we need when it comes to burgers, it’s more choice, right? Throw a can of beer in any direction in this city and you’ll hit a burger joint. The latest to join the throng, right after Neil Perry's Burger Project opening, is a good one, though, and we’re betting you’ll be happy to hear that Mary’s Newtown has announced it will be opening a takeaway-only burger bar on Castlereagh Street in the CBD on Friday November 28, after much speculation. "We want to keep it a bit of a surprise," says Graham.

“We were kind of shocked with the success of the food at Mary’s,” he says. “We wanted to do more with it, but we didn’t want it to be about money. We wanted to do something different to what we’ve always done. The new spot is going to be high pressure and high impact take-away only.”

Graham says there’s nowhere else that they’d rather open than in the CBD, and the new, two-level spot they’ve secured is the perfect size. The takeaway section will be on the bottom level. Above will be dedicated to a production space for both the take-away and the Newtown site. “We are just bursting at the seams in Newtown,” says Graham. “We have a lot of ideas we want to achieve, and more space will make production and storage a lot easier for us. But of course, everything will be prepared fresh on-site when it comes to cooking.”

There won’t be any booze on offer at the new city venue, but there’ll be fried chicken-thigh burgers, cheeseburgers, and a range of shakes in classic flavours (chocolate, strawberry) and more seasonal, house-made syrups. “They’re going to be really thick, we’re going to serve them with a straw and a spoon,” says Graham. Thanks to a lot more room for experimenting, there will also be limited-edition burger options on occasion, and we can’t wait to see what they’ll be.

Mary’s Burgers
154 Castlereagh Street, Sydney

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