381 Burnley Street, Richmond, Victoria, Australia
03 9029 8459
Richmond is home to a new burger joint, but not just any ordinary burger joint. Concrete Boots has taken over Burnley Street – slinging ice-cold beer, cocktails and Spam chips.
The name is a nod to the bygone days of Melbourne’s 1920s gangster scene, when the occasional shoot-up by the Yarra wasn’t unheard of and would be followed up with a drink or two on the winning side. The losers, unfortunately, were not so lucky: most likely sporting ‘concrete boots’ in the River. While you won’t see Squizzy Taylor and the whole Underbelly gang on your visit to Concrete Boots, you’ll know you’re in the right place when you spot the bullet holes and battle scars that adorn its entrance.
Owner Andrew Reed has taken on this rich underworld history to reinvigorate Burnley Street with a bit of spunk.
“We wanted something a bit different to this part of Richmond,” he says. “Our plan is for locals to be able to enjoy seriously good food and drinks in their own neck of the woods.”
And when it comes to seriously good food, you’re seriously spoiled for choice. Graze on nibbles such as Spam chips (don’t judge till you try) or a Boots Snack Pack, with chips covered in jackfruit, avocado salsa, goat’s cheese and jalapenos. Burgers will satisfy those larger cravings, like the Gambino with crispy fried chicken, aioli and pickles, or go true blue with the Glenrowan – a kangaroo burger with cheese, pickles, chutney and a whole lot more. The health-conscious have no need to miss out either, with lettuce cup burger buns another option.
A no-brainer for any visit to Concrete Boots is to pair your burg with a bev – a well-rounded list of Australian tap beers should do the trick. A selection of IPAs, pale ales, brown ales, ambers and stouts are on rotation, and the next best variety is never too far off. Opting for something stronger will direct you to the cocktail menu, where an Australian negroni with Four Pillars Gin and Applewood Red Okar amaro will bring a zing to the offering.
Concrete Boots is the real deal – simple and delicious food, cheeky drinks and a quirky atmosphere that plays on an intriguing backstory to get the ball rolling. Though only new to Burnley Street, tongues are wagging, and we can’t wait to see what’s in store for this up-and-coming Richmond diner.