Last year, Sydney’s reigning burger kings Jake Smyth and Kenny Graham opened two new Mary’s outposts, one in Circular Quay and another on Pitt Street in the CBD. Now, they’re slotting a newbie in between Mary’s Pitt Street and its original digs in Newtown with a burger and beer diner on the rooftop of iconic City Road pub the Lansdowne (which Smyth and Graham have run since 2017).

Mary’s on Top was originally slated to launch in spring 2020, but now it’s opening tomorrow, June 4. It’s so they can re-employ staff stood down due to Covid-19, and make up for the fact The Lansdowne’s bandroom can’t reopen under current restrictions.

“This is about celebrating what we have to share with a world sorely in need of a good time,” Smyth said in a statement. “We have a lot of sun in Sydney, we have a fucking rooftop, and we have the best fucking burgers in the world. Put them together with some beer or a bottle of vino, and we aren’t solving the crisis – but we might just stick a smile on some our staff and our punters’ [faces] at the same time.”

Like Mary’s Pitt Street and Circular Quay, the rooftop venue will serve the burger maestros’ ever-popular hamburgers and fries, chicken burgers and half chooks, as well as their vegan alternatives. And in keeping with the cheering-up-the-community spirit, Mary’s will be offering 30 per cent off food from all its venues (including takeaway and Deliveroo), from June 4 to June 10, to help soften the blow of the salary cuts many people have been forced to take recently.

Mary’s on Top is open from midday to 10pm Thursday to Sunday, but due to its open-air location, hours are subject to change. It’ll post daily updates on its social media. Until The Lansdowne reopens, access the venue via Knox Street.