To get up when you’ve been knocked down shows staying power. Sam Chang, Will Priestley and Christian Ryan have resilience in spades.
The original burger place was massively popular – takeaways down the lane way and eat in next door surrounded by eighties memorabilia, movie posters, bench seats and a pinball machine.
Created by 30-somethings, The Standard was unashamedly a 30-something eatery and bar.
After the August 2018 fire that devastated the original lane-way location (and adjacent Pilgrim Coffee), The Standard has arisen Phoenix-like, flown up the road a few blocks, making a new home.
Their uptown digs are fit-for-purpose. Spread across three levels, there’s even a little something we don’t have enough of here in Hobart: rooftop dining.
And another plus, opening on the fringe of the CBD, they’re a surefire growth strategy for a precinct which to date has pretty much been dominated by the stalwart, Vanny’s cafe and takeaway, the Shamrock Hotel and Straight Up. More options brings more people.
There’s plenty of pastels, the movie posters are back in place, Pac-Man’s calling your name and the burgers are as scrumpy as ever. The chips are some of the best we’ve had. And you know how much we love chips.
The Standard still speaks to peeps in their 20s and 30s, and young at heart are there too. It makes me feel a little Miami Vice.
You might not find everything you liked at the former location but most of the faves remain on the menu. Burger options are beef, chicken or a vegetarian patty. If you’re more obsessed with chips than we are, they do chip meals:
- Pulled pork fries, $13, French fries, smoky pulled pork, shredded cheese, green onions, standard buffalo sauce and ranch dressing and
- Animal fries, $11, French fries, bacon, onion jam, shredded cheese and animal sauce.
There’s soft drinks, shakes, a red, wine and sparkling wine, spirits and craft beers.
What we ate:
- Chicken sandwich, $12, southern fried chicken, tomato, pickles and mayo
- Cowboy burger, $12.50, beef patty, bacon, American cheese, onion rings, BBQ sauce, pickles and mayo
- Side of chips, $4.
Beef burgers can be all be up-sized with a second patty for a little extra.
They say most burgers can be made vegetarian or gluten free.
On our Friday lunch visit, the place was going off. The queue moved quickly and although there was a wait on food, there was plenty of energy and good times.
Nobody never gonna keep them down.
Now located at 177 Liverpool Street Hobart.
At the time of publication, The Standard was open from 11 am until late seven nights a week and into the wee small hours on weekends.
To check opening times visit their Facebook page – The Standard.