The bright yellow exterior of Austin-based Burro Cheese Kitchen is a dead giveaway of what’s cooking inside.
And in case the colour of the pop-up shipping container cafe isn’t enough, the name spells it out: this place is all about cheese.
Balkan burro cheese (known as pule) is the world’s finest and most expensive cheese.
Made from the milk of Balkan donkeys from Serbia, the cheese fetches up to 1,000 Euros per kilogram.
When Texas-raised Justin Burrow returned to Austin after a stint in Seattle, he was inspired to elevate the art form of the humble grilled cheese sandwich.
And so, in 2013, Burro Cheese Kitchen was born.
Burrow’s dream was to take a basic food item and take it to the next level.
Combining an assortment of quality ingredients – artisan cheeses, great breads and house-made condiments – he developed a unique grilled cheese menu and took it to the streets of Austin with his portable eatery.
The shell of Burrow’s mobile cafe is a recycled shipping container.
Burrow was integral to the refurbishment of the old container.
“After waiting 4 weeks for the rolling chassis to be installed, I rolled up my sleeves and went to work,” he recalls.
“I knew that I wanted to know every part of this eatery inside and out, and hand building it was the only way for me.”
“With the help of some amazing family and friends, two months of grinding, welding, cutting, torching, glazing, glass-work and everything else under the construction umbrella, I was able to finally realise the vision and transform the container into a minimal clean lined aesthetic with full glass front serving area.
The goal of elevating the trailer experience was finally there.”
The shipping container cafe is usually parked in Austin’s quirky South Congress neighbourhood, and Burro Cheese Kitchen also offers two mobile food trucks for catering and events.