Tuck Shop Takeaway duo opens Karton Milk Bar in Caulfield North

A customer eating an ice-cream sandwich.
A customer eating an ice-cream sandwich. Photo: Jesse Marlow

Caulfield North local Tuck Shop Takeaway is well known for its burgers and Redskin milkshakes, with the charming corner shop attracting perpetual queues.

Now, you can grab your burger fix then nick a couple of doors up to nostalgic milk bar Karton for a 100s and 1000s ice-cream sandwich, a house-made cola slushie and a bag of mixed lollies.

The name is a blend of owners Karina and Clinton Serex, the brains behind the burger joint, and as is the Tuck Shop way, everything at Karton is made in-house or sourced from similarly dedicated producers.

Owners Clinton and Karina Serex behind the counter at Karton.
Owners Clinton and Karina Serex behind the counter at Karton. Photo: Jesse Marlow

At lunchtime, you can grab an award-winning pie from Sunshine's Ka Pies, followed by a smoked apple popsicle.

Shelves are stocked with a few pantry staples – Noisette bread, eggs, flour, perhaps a wrapped chunk of Warrnambool butter or a wedge of Quicke's cheddar from Britain – as well as socially-conscious household items like Thank You hand wash and Who Gives a Crap tissues.  

With an old-school NBA Jam arcade game by the door, vintage ad posters for Peck's Paste and tins of Tom Piper on the wall, Karton tips a hat to days of sun-dappled, sprinkler-twinkled front lawns, while embracing all the skill and considered produce of today.

Flavoured milks include Froot Loop and salted caramel.
Flavoured milks include Froot Loop and salted caramel. Photo: Jesse Marlow

Open Tue-Sat 10am-9pm.

Karton Milk Bar, 261 Hawthorn Road, Caulfield North