It might be the closest that Sydney can come to claiming a local culinary fad, but the place that could be said to have kicked off the nation-wide obsession with burgers will be making its presence felt in Melbourne from February 13.
Since time immemorial, the burger discussion was limited to a burger ‘with the lot’ or a simpler beef burger. In 2013, Mary’s set up shop in an old sexual health clinic, tore out the insides and installed a joint that served American-style cheeseburgers, fried chicken and Australian beers and wines, but kept the red light out the front. Today, across Facebook groups, Instagram hashtags and Pinterest boards, many are attempting to piggyback off this successful formula, although some have come close, nothing is quite like the place that plays classic rock from open ‘til close.
For their southern iteration of the Mary’s experience, owners Jake Smyth and Kenny Graham will call Fancy Free home, the yet to open bar from the team who brought Melbourne the Black Pearl Bar in Fitzroy. In this unison of urban talent, Mary’s will provide the feeds, with all their Newtown favourites making the trip south, and the Fancy Free team curate the brews, with a focus on local beverages.
While denizens of the southern capital may have been made aware of Mary’s via their presence at Laneway and Download Festival https://www.backyardopera.com/grub-5/2019/1/21/festival-menus-reloaded, as well as temporary pop ups at sites such as Leonard’s House of Love, this two month stay will be their longest yet.
Smyth said, “Burgers, fried chicken, fancy cocktails from some fancy fuckers and natural vino from some of our faves will be flowing freely into the streets of the 3000!! 2 months of
getting Fat and Fancy Free ahead is coming!”