Melbourne burger brand 8bit to open at Darling Square, Sydney

The 8bit burger with cheese.
The 8bit burger with cheese. Photo: Wayne Taylor

Get your game-face on, burger nerds: Melbourne's arcade-gaming and burger pioneer 8bit is Sydney-bound.

The home of smoked paprika-dusted potato gems and free Space Invaders machines is headed to Darling Square, the new Sydney central business district development set to feature a six-storey circular building designed by Japanese-based Kengo Kuma Architects.

"We've been looking at sites in Sydney for about two years. This will be big, about 130 seats," says 8bit founder Shayne McCallum, creator of the aptly named Donkey Kong burger, a gut-busting combo of patties, fried onion strings, bacon, cheese and banana ketchup.

Sydney-bound: 8Bit burger bar in Melbourne's CBD.
Sydney-bound: 8Bit burger bar in Melbourne's CBD. Photo: Pat Scala

McCallum worked at Melbourne fine diners the Botanical and Blake's before jumping in on the burger caper.

"I think Melbourne was probably ahead of Sydney with it, but it's incredible how many new places there are up there now. We're inspired by American diners, but wanted to add something from our era. There was always a game in the corner when you went to a fish and chip shop, and 8bit is behind the graphics of games like Space Invaders."

8bit will slide into Darling Square's Steam Mill Lane alongside another Melbourne emigre, Belle's Hot Chicken. They'll be joined by local outfits Marrickville Pork Roll, Fishbowl and Edition Coffee Roasters, which will all swing open the doors next May.