Sydney’s favourite beachside burrito joint skates into Fitzroy
OK, so we don’t have a beach on Gertrude Street but we do have Beach Burrito Company's first Melbourne outpost. And it has a skate bowl (for the pros, mind). In a Pistonhead x Burrito Bowl indoor pool.
“Why’s a skate bowl in a concrete pool in a restaurant?” you may well ask. Turns out that Beach Burrito’s founder Blake Read was a teenage skate-addict. Beach Burrito Fitzroy is his tribute to the glory days of the '80s (hence the pink and blue neon signs and '80s soundtrack), when abandoned pools provided resourceful skaters with a base to hone their mad skillz. “I wanted to recreate the feeling I had in the '80s: completely obsessed with skateboarding," says Read.
It will be interesting to see how Beach Burrito rubs shoulders with its next-door neighbour, Trippy Taco. Will there be burrito turf wars? Will there be margarita-fuelled fights? One thing’s for certain, there will be long-haired, board-hugging skaters (we've seen them), sitting hunched in Beach Burrito’s black-and-blue booths eating $5 tacos and drinking chilled beers.
We couldn’t help overhearing them excitedly describing the skate bowl as “next-level Melbourne hipster shit”. They also thought it should be turned into a mosh pit and be filmed in “a sick hard-core punk video”, until one wise sage pointed out that “some drunk dickhead will smash his head open.”
You won’t get an authentic taste of Mexico from the menu, but you will get wallet-pleasing tacos, burritos, fajitas, chimichangas and more. There’s also a range of frozen margaritas, including a ruinously sweet watermelon version, and a plastic tequila menu that has dangerous intentions.
If you’re reading this and picturing your future glory in the skate bowl, desist: skating in the bowl is by invitation only. Luckily, the beers, fun times and Mexican-via-Melbourne snacks are for one and all.
|Venue name:||Beach Burrito Fitzroy|
230-232 Gertrude St
|Opening hours:||Sun-Thu 11am-10pm; Fri-Sat 11am-midnight|