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Walking down City Walk it's hard to resist
Beach Burrito's luring antics. JOSEPHINE HUYNH
explores the whimsical world of the popular diner.
DINING WITH JOSEPHINE HUYNH
Beach Burrito, an out-
dining experience, has
blossomed in the heart of
Canberra's concrete jungle
and is exactly how kitchen
manager Simon Mckenna describes it --
fun, creative and downright rad.
"It's the only Beach Burrito restaurant that
has actual nature inside with lots of pots
and plants," restaurant manager Shawnee
As you dine in the company of flora
suspended in woven fluro baskets and
intertwined with creeping vines, it doesn't
take long to become lost in the warped
world of what Beach Burritto Company
describes as Willy Wonka went to Mexico.
The biggest store in the chain and the
seventh to set up shop in Australia,
Canberra's Beach Burrito boasts intricate
Frida Kahlo-esque murals and decor,
perfectly mismatched patterns and
colours, and raw wood fit-outs. There
is an entire feature wall of pallets, and
another adorned with a collection of
framed artworks and old-school Tex-Mex
"It's very different to the rest of our stores.
Every one of them is designed to suit its
own location. All of them have their own
personality. You can walk inside and it's so
different and vibrant, you have a lot of fun
and that's the kind of culture we want to
bring to Canberra," Speeding says.
A recycled skateboard chandelier captures
intrigue from the moment you enter.
"We did a promotion where if you brought
in your old skateboard we'd give you a
free burrito, just any old used skateboard.
So we created the chandelier out of those
boards," Mckenna says.
"That was really cool because we love the
So much so that the successful franchise
has taken off among the street, skate, surf
and boarding crowds of NSW's Gen-Y,
and has travelled through the beaches of
Bondi and the snow cult of Jindabyne to
the nation's capital, injecting some much
needed colour into our dining scene.
"We try to keep that street culture vibe
going, that's why we try to get involved
with all these different community
groups," Mckenna says.
Supporting the community and sponsoring
board riders and surf clubs makes Beach
Burrito more than just a restaurant.
Mckenna says every element of the store
was created with a social consideration,
from the design concept right through to
"A lot of our food is made to be eaten
socially, so with our nachos it's made to
start conversation. That's why we have
the booths too, so you're seated in comfort
and can hang around for a long time
without even knowing," he says.
"Also because the staff are like family and
even though we have been working 57
hours a week we still love coming to work.
Even in our down time we don't leave, and
so it's a chilled and social environment
where everyone can just come in and
hang out," Speeding says.
"If you walk into another place everything
looks franchise-y and then you go into our
restaurant and you feel like you're not
in the city anymore, you walk in and the
sound goes away, we have sweet tunes in
here and you can just vibe away, zone out
and relax -- it's an escape," Mckenna says.
A: 181 City Walk, Canberra city
P: 6257 1914
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