Busselton food truck Burger Bones has long been a destination for Perth burger fans, with those in-the-know happy to drive three-hours south just for lunch. With the opening of its new permanent home on Busselton’s main street, WA’s best burgers have now hit the mainstream.
A seasoned hospitality operator, owner Cooper Deville operated successful burger and hotdog businesses in London before returning home to Busselton in 2013 after 33 years away to open the Burger Bones food truck. With a focus on consistency and quality, he’s making a point of still providing the personal service his customers are used to.
“It’s hard for me because I’m not having the contact, which is good in a way,” he says. “It’s nice when people make the effort to give you a compliment instead of just walking out the door. I’m training my staff to give them that moment back, say thanks for telling us, see you again. It’s a big thing.”
The menu will be familiar to Burger Bones regulars, from the classic cheeseburger to the “Dirt Box” with bourbon maple bacon and black cherry BBQ sauce. Spicy-burger fans will be pleased that the “Habanero Smack Patty” remains, with its perfect balance of goat’s cheese, Dr Paul’s habanero mustard and jalapenos. A veggie burger is also available, as is a bunless salad plate for a gluten free option.
The 40-seat restaurant is currently open for lunch only, with dinner service and new menu options to follow.
The fit-out is classic burger-bar, but also very much Burger Bones with knick-knacks from the food truck scattered around the restaurant. Artwork created from a CAT scan of Deville’s mother’s head dominates the dining space. Much like the food, the end-result appears effortless but is well-considered and defies the planning that went on behind the scenes.
“It was a morphing process,” says Deville. “We had to stop looking at Pinterest for ideas and look for what was tangible, what we could get our hands on. You have to stand back and do one idea at a time and see if the next is going to work.”
Its town centre location has presented Burger Bones with a new customer-base, which in turn has brought new challenges. Deville, however, remains determined to focus on doing one thing well.
“Like anyone that sets up, it’s your baby and you get a bit precious. But you’ve got to flick it off because you can’t please everybody,” he says. “We get people coming in off the street saying why don’t you do that, why don’t you have coffee. But this is my ship and I’m the captain.”
55 Queen Street, Busselton
Thu – Sun 11am – 4pm