Royal Stacks levels up with new Emporium Melbourne restaurant

Royal Stacks Emporium is now open. 

Royal Stacks will open its second CBD venue at Emporium Melbourne on Monday, 20 December, raising its total number of locations across the state to five. Set on the lower ground floor, Royal Stacks will bring its distinctive design flair, flavour-packed menu and extended cocktail list to the heart of Melbourne’s retail precinct.

Alongside its cult favourite burgers and shakes, the new venue will see diners immersed in a world of gaming, with two new in-house arcade machines. Custom designed for Royal Stacks Emporium, the nostalgic game is titled ‘Miss Elizabeth’, where avid gamers and burger lovers will weave their way through a vintage Elizabeth Street, Melbourne set in the 1990s, facing obstacles as they walk past iconic video stores, toy stores and nightclubs.

Merging 90s street flair with a dynamic burst of colour only reminiscent in arcade games, Melbourne street artist Drez, has added his artistic flair to the venue with bright neon tones, giving diners the impression of falling into another dimension.

Designed to bring families together, and whilst paying homage to founder Dani Zeini’s former venue, Grand Trailer Park Taverna, the Emporium restaurant encapsulates a retro camping experience with custom caravan booths, seating up to ten. Unlike other Royal Stacks restaurants, bookings are available. For those looking for a quick bite to eat, the venue also includes tiered ‘stadium-style’ seating upon entry.

“Growing up, I would often immerse myself in the world of video games and this is the perfect opportunity to bring one of my passions to life. There is nothing better than stepping into a new dimension and I’m excited to bring this unique offering to Melburnians,” says Dani Zeini.

Following Royal Stacks tradition, the menu draws inspiration from the American burger scene yet is imbued with a distinctively Melbourne approach, using fresh produce from butchers and locally-baked bread. Burgers are also GMO-free and use pasture-fed beef with no added hormones or antibiotics.

Founder Dani Zeini has transformed Melbourne’s burger culture, which all began with a secret burger menu at Dandenong Pavilion, followed by the opening of Grand Trailer Park Taverna and Truck Stop Deluxe. Not long after, in 2016, Royal Stacks was born. The burger empire presents a unique take on classic fast-food Australians have enjoyed for years. Four new venues across Melbourne are expected to open in the first half of 2022.

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