New van adds flavour

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

The own­ers of a 25-year-old Ex­mouth food van in­sti­tu­tion are thrilled to have re­opened and be back on the road serv­ing burg­ers al­most ex­actly a year af­ter their premises were de­stroyed by fire.

Planet Burg­ers was forced to close un­til fur­ther no­tice last April af­ter an elec­tri­cal fault in the van started a fire, gut­ting the ve­hi­cle be­yond re­pair and putting it out of ac­tion for the busy Ex­mouth tourist sea­son.

But af­ter an ex­ten­sive re­build, co-own­ers Niko­lai and Sophie Gorde­vich were last week back in their el­e­ment sell­ing burg­ers from a new van, com­plete with a new logo and even a new burger on the menu in com­mem­o­ra­tion of the old food van — The Flam­ing Planet burger.

The cou­ple said the tim­ing of the fire, shortly be­fore the tourist sea­son and while they were ex­pect­ing their first child Iva, had made restart­ing the busi­ness par­tic­u­larly dif­fi­cult.

“It was a bit of a process, be­cause it was de­stroyed near the start of the tourist sea­son,” Mr Gorde­vich said.

“By the time the van would have been re­built it would have been the end of the sea­son and then it would have been cy­clone sea­son, so we de­cided not to do it for that rea­son.”

How­ever, Mr Gorde­vich said the cou­ple were grate­ful to have had the sup­port of the Ex­mouth com­mu­nity and ex­cited to be re­open­ing af­ter a year out of ac­tion. “Planet Burg­ers was a big part of the com­mu­nity here in Ex­mouth, so I’m happy to be back fry­ing burg­ers for ev­ery­one once again,” he said.

The own­ers are also plan­ning a spe­cial event to give free burg­ers to vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers and sup­port crew who helped ex­tin­guish the fire.

Planet Burg­ers has been op­er­at­ing in Ex­mouth for more than 25 years and has pre­vi­ously won a TripAd­vi­sor Cer­tifi­cate of Ex­cel­lence for con­sis­tently high re­views.

Pic­ture: Sophie Gorde­vich

Planet Burg­ers co-owner Niko­lai Gorde­vich, with daugh­ter Iva, al­most 1, is glad to have re­opened the long-run­ning Ex­mouth food van to the pub­lic.

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