A new modern burger joint famed for paying homage to 1950s and ‘60s Americana will open its doors to the public in Kippa-Ring next month.
Fast food chain Slim’s Quality Burger will welcome its first customers from September 18 at its new site at 403-407 Elizabeth Ave, Kippa-Ring.
With three restaurants in Sydney, this will be Slim’s first dine-in restaurant and drive-thru in Queensland.
In addition, a second Queensland restaurant will open in the Logan suburb of Slacks Creek in November.
Slim’s Quality Burger Co-founder Michael Tipp says he is excited to expand into the Queensland market, saying the restaurants will offer healthier food options for customers.
“We are excited to bring a tasty new product to the fast-food space and show people they can have a product that is made fresh right in front of them and is affordable,” Michael says.
“Our ethos is quality burgers done right, focusing on simplicity, affordability, and high-quality ingredients.
“Everything that comes into our restaurants is fresh, never frozen, including our meat patties.
“We handmake our French fries in store from potatoes that have been grown to our specifications. They come in our own bags from the farm, and we cut them in-store every day so they are fresh every time.
“One cool thing about this new restaurant in Kippa-Ring is that the wall on the drive-thru side of the restaurant is all glass, so customers will be able to see the employees making all the orders.”
On the menu you will find Slim's range of made-to-order burgers featuring 100 percent Australian Angus beef patties, alongside their specialty hand-cut fries, salads, classic sundaes, thick shakes, spiders, and family meal deals.
Guests can also look forward to a full coffee menu and a new range of tantalising breakfast items, from bacon, egg and cheese burgers to freshly squeezed orange juice and healthy chia pudding.
Catering to all customers, the menu will also offer vegetarian and gluten-free options.
Michael says the most popular item on the menu is the Slim’s Double Burger.
It features two Angus beef patties, grilled onion, cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles, and Slim’s famous spread, which “is like a mayonnaise-based sauce with ketchup, pickles, onions and other ingredients”.
The Queensland restaurants will uphold Slim's signature aesthetic of an open kitchen housed in vibrant retro décor, much like their Sydney stores. Cherry-red banquettes, vintage light fixtures, and distinctive neon signage will transport customers back to an era of stylish, easy-going dining.
By intertwining past, present, and future, Slim's Quality Burger is set to redefine the traditional diner experience. The new locations will feature an innovative QR code ordering system, allowing customers to place orders from their cars and enjoy prompt food delivery, marrying the nostalgia of a drive-in with modern technology.
To celebrate the grand opening of the store, a block party will be held to mark the occasion just after the opening.
The free block party will have live music, games and a kid's zone with family-friendly entertainment for the community to enjoy.
“We will also be offering $5 burgers, $5 kid’s meals, and free ice cream for the kids.
“We are really looking forward to getting to know the locals.”
Keep up to date by following Slim’s Quality Burger on Facebook.
80 jobs up for grabs
Applications to work at Slim’s Quality Burger is now open, with the store looking to hire up to 80 employees ranging from school-aged children to older workers.
“We want to help young kids from the area get into the work force and provide them with opportunities to work, develop their skills and start earing some money,” Michael says.
“We will hire quite a few school-aged children who will work after school and on weekends, but we will also need some older workers to cover shifts during the day.”
A further 80 jobs will also be made available at Slim’s Slacks Creek location.
To apply, visit Slim’s website for more information.
A growing business
Slim’s Quality Burger was founded in 2021 by David Hales, Nik Rollison and Michael Tripp (pictured above).
Their first three restaurants were opened at shopping centres in Sydney, but Michael says it was always their plan to expand into Queensland and open larger restaurants.
“We opened our first store at Westfield in Marrickville in December 2021, which was just off the back of COVID,” Michael says.
“We also have two other stores at Westfield Shopping Centres in the Sydney CBD and Mt Druitt.
“We opened the first stores in shopping centres first so we could ensure we could get everything right, from the modelling to the food product and procedures.
“When we first developed the business, we had the intention of moving into the drive-thru space, and now we can do that with our Queensland locations.
“I always knew we would open here in Queensland – I’m a local, I know the Kippa-Ring region really well because I have spent a lot of time there and live just up the road on the Sunshine Coast.”
These three entrepreneurs also helped to create Betty’s Burgers Australia at Noosa in 2014 after they saw an opening in the Sunshine Coast's dining market.
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