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Brodburger finds a home at the Glassworks

By johnboy - 1 June 2011 46

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Joy Burch has announced that the beloved Brodburger van’s mexican standoff with the National Capital Authority has ended with the van relocating to the Kingston arts precinct.

The popular Brodburger takeaway venture will relocate to the Canberra Glassworks later this year after the ACT Government brokered an arrangement that will add character and visitors to the Kingston Foreshore arts precinct, ACT Minister for Arts Joy Burch announced today.

Ms Burch said the ACT Government has been working with the Brodburger operators and the Canberra Glassworks for several months to accommodate the popular takeaway business at the Glassworks, which has been looking to secure a long-term tenant for its cafe.

The new Arts Minister met Brodburger owners Sascha Brodbeck and Joelle Bou-Jaoude and Canberra Glassworks Chief Executive Anne Jakle yesterday to confirm the ACT Government would work with the two parties to jointly fund a retrofit of the Glassworks’ cafeteria area to accommodate Brodburger.

“Brodburger currently operates from a caravan in Bowen Park under a temporary agreement with the National Capital Authority and has been looking for a permanent home, so this really is a win-win for everyone,” Ms Burch said.

“The Canberra Glassworks is an ideal location for the Brodburger business because it is close to Bowen Park and the business should be able to keep its current loyal clientele. I expect the move to occur later this year.”

We’ll enquire as to what will happen to the caravan.

UPDATE: This in from Joy Burch’s office on the fate of the van:

It won’t be part of it, but they may park it out the front for a few weeks till people get the idea.

[Photo by Brian]

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Brodburger finds a home at the Glassworks
troll-sniffer 12:55 pm 01 Jun 11

mouthface said :

The ongoing saga of Canberra’s answer to Harry’s Café de Wheels continues, but I have never understood the appeal of this business, or its ability to make the headlines on a regular basis. Yes there are people out there who gush about their burgers, to the point of attributing all sorts of cures to ailments, the performance of miracles and their first multiple orgasm after having consumed them, but really, they are just burgers – and expensive, considering they are sold on the side of the road out of a rickety old food van. Maybe the point of all this kerfuffle isn’t really about the service or the miraculous qualities of the food, but about the fact that Canberrans – so eager to embrace something that just sprouted, like some giant red mushroom, on the side of the lake, rather than been planned to within an inch of its life, passed through an environmental impact study, and rubber stamped by at least 150 people on 25 separate committees – are elevating this humble hawker to great heights to protest the over-regulation of every aspect of their neat and tidy little existence in the nanny state. Well they just lost their fight, because the van will be no longer, and it will have been tucked away neatly in the well designed and no doubt sterile environment of a government run amenity. I’m sure the rent will go up substantially for the proprietors, which will finally justify the price of their product.

+100 to the hundredieth

LeatherJen 12:54 pm 01 Jun 11

I tried a Brodburger once, and don’t understand what the fuss is about. They were ok, but not 12 bucks worth.

herbie 12:17 pm 01 Jun 11

Does that make him a sellout?

Holden Caulfield 12:00 pm 01 Jun 11

After growing tired of the stupidly long waiting times we’ve taken to making our own burgers at home, which taste pretty damn good.

Otherwise, we go to Grill’d at Belconnen which has a much greater range and the added bonus of the world’s best chips (oh and gluten free buns for Toby and Seb).

Might have to try a Brodburger again to see if we can regain the love.

mouthface 11:53 am 01 Jun 11

The ongoing saga of Canberra’s answer to Harry’s Café de Wheels continues, but I have never understood the appeal of this business, or its ability to make the headlines on a regular basis. Yes there are people out there who gush about their burgers, to the point of attributing all sorts of cures to ailments, the performance of miracles and their first multiple orgasm after having consumed them, but really, they are just burgers – and expensive, considering they are sold on the side of the road out of a rickety old food van. Maybe the point of all this kerfuffle isn’t really about the service or the miraculous qualities of the food, but about the fact that Canberrans – so eager to embrace something that just sprouted, like some giant red mushroom, on the side of the lake, rather than been planned to within an inch of its life, passed through an environmental impact study, and rubber stamped by at least 150 people on 25 separate committees – are elevating this humble hawker to great heights to protest the over-regulation of every aspect of their neat and tidy little existence in the nanny state. Well they just lost their fight, because the van will be no longer, and it will have been tucked away neatly in the well designed and no doubt sterile environment of a government run amenity. I’m sure the rent will go up substantially for the proprietors, which will finally justify the price of their product.

stelita 10:51 am 01 Jun 11

Do they cater for gluten and yeast free? I also don’t eat mushrooms or asparagus. I drive past the van and I’m temped to stop and have a look, but I just don’t know if they cater for people with intolerances. And it’s not just people with odd sounding names…

johnboy 10:29 am 01 Jun 11

cubicle01 said :

emd said :

I like beans on toast. Almost as much as lentil burgers on cous cous with a soy chai latte.

The key is fatty bacon, a little bit of fresh chilli and some worcestershire sauce.

oooh

cubicle01 10:27 am 01 Jun 11

emd said :

I like beans on toast. Almost as much as lentil burgers on cous cous with a soy chai latte.

The key is fatty bacon, a little bit of fresh chilli and some worcestershire sauce.

emd 10:16 am 01 Jun 11

I like beans on toast. Almost as much as lentil burgers on cous cous with a soy chai latte.

cubicle01 9:55 am 01 Jun 11

I like the burgers, and I hope this is a good fit, but this just seems to be a victory for the obstinate who disregard the rules. NCA is certainly has its issues but it concerns me that there wasnt a forcible removal of the van.

I have a pop up camper trailer and a gas stove, anyone think there is a market for beans on toast at Reconciliation Place? 🙂

Mr Evil 9:52 am 01 Jun 11

A burger joint at the Glassworks – that’ll go down a treat with the arty types!

“May I have a double-decaf soy latte, and a soy and lentil burger on a bed of cous cous, please.”

“Is your chicken and beef free-range and sourced from certified organic farmers?”

“My sons Edgar, Sebastian and Tobias have allergies to everything, do you have anything on the menu that they can eat?”

I give them six months before they go bust.

Juser 9:43 am 01 Jun 11

Apparently they are building a fantastic new park on the lakes edge in front of the glassworks. Only a 100m away or so. Check out Near map for a recent aerial shot of the precinct.

Sammy 9:07 am 01 Jun 11

Google maps tells me that it’s 550m.

Beserk Keyboard Warr 9:06 am 01 Jun 11

Brodburger – the masters of garnering free advertising. Personally I’m kind’ve sick of hearing about it.

KB1971 8:58 am 01 Jun 11

In the CT they said the van will be moved to the Glassworks for a short while.

Katy was telling us how good it was on the radio this morning but I have to disagree, it was so nice to be able to grab a burger & plonk yourself down in the park next to the lake. They have taken that away. They say its only 200m away but I suggest it will be further, time will tell.

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