Just Open: Rude Boy Burger, Brunswick West

Burgers come in cardboard boxes to catch juices. Big Popper and DBC burgers pictured.
Burgers come in cardboard boxes to catch juices. Big Popper and DBC burgers pictured. Photo: Linsey Rendell

The owners of bustling Brunswick West cafe Lolo and Wren, Franco Caruso​ and his wife Karen Ascui-Rodriguez,​ are now serving top-notch burgers with "a bit of grunt" next door.

Expanding the limited after-dark eats within the neighbourhood, Rude Boy Burger serves burgers, hotdogs and fries made from quality produce.

"We personally know the farmer that raises our beef – he comes in for breakfast next door," Ascui-Rodriguez says of the Clover Valley wagyu that forms the patties on burgers like the DBC (double bacon and cheese) and the Big Popper with a cheese and jalapeno fritter.

Rude Boy Burger has an easygoing diner vibe.
Rude Boy Burger has an easygoing diner vibe. Photo: Linsey Rendell

Golden Plains pork shoulder, free-range Milawa chicken and sausages from Brewsters in Port Melbourne round out the locally sourced meat offerings. There's a Philly Mushroom Cheesesteak for vegetarians, gluten-free buns, and a liquor licence to come.

With thoughtful cardboard cups to catch messy burger juices and a fitout with recycled leanings, it's a neat, almost-wholesome burger experience, disguised by an easygoing diner vibe that's dripping with 'tude.

Open daily 11am–9pm.

Rude Boy's feature wall is made from distressed recycled timber.
Rude Boy's feature wall is made from distressed recycled timber. Photo: Linsey Rendell

482 Albion Street, Brunswick West, 9386 4302