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Brodburger finds a home at the Glassworks

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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la mente torbida 9:58 am 15 Sep 11

@Calamity
I don’t WANT Brodburger located at the Bus Depot Markets. I want the chance to get outdoors, use my legs and create some foot traffic around town. Those opportunities are rare in Canberra.

You’re not serious are you? This gotta be a troll

Cheap 12:58 am 15 Sep 11

Brodburgers are AMAZING, but you have to understand: if the gov let them stay, then any number of burger vans could set up shop at any location and cite brodburger as the precedent setting operation.

You could say that there are special circumstances because it has become an icon. Well, how are other burger vans supposed to become an icon without breaking the law and putting their vans around the lake?

This outcome is the best possible. The only other option would be to make the area that brodburger is in an official “food zone” and then other vans could set up shop and all have an equal opportunity.

Scribble 3:52 pm 29 Aug 11

“Why didn’t this food concession in the arts precinct go out to open tender?”

And you’re also policing Julie McKay’s Facebook pix. Impressive multi-tasking skills.

I-filed 3:17 pm 29 Aug 11

Why didn’t this food concession in the arts precinct go out to open tender?

Solidarity 1:52 pm 29 Aug 11

Brodburger has ruined my lunch, as usually i’d go to Grill’d, but after trying a Brodburger, Grill’d burgers just taste bland.

Calamity 1:47 pm 29 Aug 11

Keijidosha said :

Anyone catch WIN News last night? I flicked on in the middle of a piece on the Brodburger relocation to hear some numpty spouting off about how “a red caravan on the shore of the lake was not in Walter Burley Griffen’s plan for Canberra”.

Funny, that hasn’t ever stopped the NCA from developing any number of eyesores.

The constant cultural bleaching of Canberra to make way for artificial and regulated urbanity will prevent us from ever having a warm and vibrant city.

Another +1 !

It is the little, quirky things like this that give a city some personality and life.
This weekend we met at Brodburger to have a feed and sit by the lake for a chat. We then got to stroll in the sun down the road to the markets for a look around.

I don’t WANT Brodburger located at the Bus Depot Markets. I want the chance to get outdoors, use my legs and create some foot traffic around town. Those opportunities are rare in Canberra.

Calamity 1:38 pm 29 Aug 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.

+1

I was just down by the lake this weekend past and could NOT believe all the action happening around the Brodburger van! I actually commented that I was surprised they didn’t have something bigger on that site with all the potential patrons around, so I do hope when Brodburger move that something else might take it’s place. However, due to all that has been said above, I’m thinking that is unlikely which is a shame.

Disinformation 1:15 pm 29 Aug 11

And I’ve been twice since for a damn good burger. Quite possibly the best I’ve ever had on both accounts. think it’s about time to go again actually. (I’m a cheap date)

Gantz 1:08 pm 29 Aug 11

Hasn’t moved yet.

Mothy 12:27 pm 29 Aug 11

So has the relocation happened yet?

CamillaG 11:42 am 20 Jun 11

Controversy sells. Mr Brod has embraced this and run with it.

There was first the issue of illegal parking of his big red money spinning van. Then there were talks of it being a money laundering front for organised crime. The cherry on top was the part owner Public Servant who was investigated for using undue influence.

It’s quirky, filled with controversy, next to the gorgeous lake and in trendy kingston and serves a damn good burger. What’s not to love?

Keijidosha 10:13 am 02 Jun 11

Anyone catch WIN News last night? I flicked on in the middle of a piece on the Brodburger relocation to hear some numpty spouting off about how “a red caravan on the shore of the lake was not in Walter Burley Griffen’s plan for Canberra”.

Funny, that hasn’t ever stopped the NCA from developing any number of eyesores.

The constant cultural bleaching of Canberra to make way for artificial and regulated urbanity will prevent us from ever having a warm and vibrant city.

Ex Warrior 10:31 pm 01 Jun 11

How bout lease a premises like everyone else ya free loader

gazket 10:25 pm 01 Jun 11

I’ve never heard of it or seen the Brodburger caravan before until now.

Evil_Kitten 10:06 pm 01 Jun 11

Ahh Ralph’s at the BP!! I used to love that place!! Mmmmm chips and gravy

Aeek 9:34 pm 01 Jun 11

I miss the Doghouse.
The NCA wants Businesses to use those dead shells on the shore by the National Gallery, not exactly accessable.
I’ve always thought the red van against the green grass and blue water/fairy lights was charming.
The NCA have no asthetics.

Eyeball In A Quart Jar Of Snot 9:29 pm 01 Jun 11

While the hype and the crowds that followed were nauseating, the burgers are that good. The best.

Brodburger was also one of the few Canberra restaurants to be included in the Age Good Food Guide for 2011.

That’s an achievement for any restaurant, let alone a burger van on the lake.

To be compared to Grill’d or any other cheap burger van is laughable.

astrojax 9:15 pm 01 Jun 11

Grow up, if you don’t like the product, vote with your wallet.

as others have said, i too have voted with my wallet – but how dare you come on the riot act and rant at us to stop ranting. sheesh, the irony of that. have we had flame [grilled burger] of the week yet?

averagejoeaussie 8:22 pm 01 Jun 11

These poor buggers are just copping the same bulls*** that “The Doghouse” copped in the early-mid 2000’s. The Doghouse was a Canberra favourite for over 30 years from the early 1970’s and spawned a number of others (Dolly’s, Ralph’s, Tampico Hut, Marty’s) and ran in a number of places in Civic until our fantastic local government couldn’t decide on a site for the van and Dave ended up relocating to Young, N.S.W. I have driven from Canberra to Young to get a Doghouse hotdog!!

Mr Evil 7:53 pm 01 Jun 11

Arielle said :

Actually, it’s an educated debate and expression of opinion, it’s not a rant, rant is what people do when they have nothing better than to complain that someone is succeeding in a small business and being lauded for it. ‘News time’ is supposed to be what? Is it limited to the majority rules on who decides what is most important for discussion? No, it should be both a celebration of what is good and information on current events, however perplexing they may be found. Perhaps you may find more success with the Department of Looking For Actual Topics Worthy of Complaint.

Well, time will only tell how good their business model is now that they have to fend for themselves in a cafe-style arrangement amongst potentially fussy eaters.

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