A 50’s inspired diner for Kirribilli

When David and Nok Smith were looking for inspiration for a new cafe, they found it during a trip to New York City in 2012.

“We loved the American diners we visited and thought the concept would go down well here in Sydney,” said David. “So our new venue in Kirribilli, Batch Burger & Espresso, has the fun styling and menu of a 50’s American diner.”

David and Nok own a number of other eateries, including Batch NO 1 Espresso in Sydney’s CBD.

“I’m sticking with ‘Batch’ in the name, as I hope to grow a whole bunch of cafes and restaurants with the same branding in the future,” said David. “We’ve got a loyal following for our burgers and coffee in the city, and so it makes good sense to be featuring these at Batch Burger & Espresso.”

David said that apart from a range of big burgers (including gluten free), the menu will include lots of American favourites including grilled corn with lime mayonnaise, chicken drumsticks, waffles, sodas and floats.

The fitout includes a long bar top, surrounded by leather bar stools and a checkerboard floor. Most of the equipment for the kitchen was purchased from Cafeideas.

“We’d bought the occasional piece of equipment from Cafeideas in the past, but this was the first time we’d bought a large amount in one go,” said David. “Damien from Cafeideas really went out of his way to help us, and was able to offer us good discounts.”

A flat grill, two-burner stove needed to be custom made and Cafeideas was able to arrange this.

“We need to be as efficient as possible in the way we use our space, and Damien made several suggestions that have helped us enormously,” said David. “He’s not about trying to sell you. He’s very helpful and honest, and gives good advice.”

For Batch Burger & Espresso, David and Nok bought a toaster, gas range burner and griddle plate, gas BBQ, gas fryer, dishwasher, ice machine, sandwich prep chiller, gas salamander, chiller/freezer, drink machine, chip warmer, meat mincer, bar cooler and fridge.

While the fitout has been taking place, David said that many locals have poked their heads in the door, eager to learn when the diner will be open. “It’s been a busy time but we’re aiming for a mid July opening. We’re excited to be almost ready to open, but also very tired!” he laughed.

David is very pleased with how the diner is coming together and also with the support he has received from Cafeideas. “We’re very happy to keep using them and have already recommended them to others in the industry.”

Batch Burger & Espresso is located at Shop 2, 39a - 9b Broughton Street in Kirribilli. From mid July it will be open 7 days from 7am to 10pm serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. More information can be found at www.batchburger.com.

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