Northampton restaurant teams up with burger truck to take its food to another level after lockdown

'It's really exciting, we were looking to do something on our own and this means we can just focus on the food and that's what we're good at'

Wednesday, 19th May 2021, 4:18 pm
Updated Wednesday, 19th May 2021, 4:20 pm

A Northampton restaurant has teamed up with a popular burger truck to provide the food as it reopens after the latest coronavirus lockdown.

Brooklyn Social has collaborated with The Flavour Trailer, which has been selling its burgers in the Brixworth area during the pandemic having previously been mainly for events.

The new venture started as a test when the Bridge Street restaurant opened on April 12 for outdoor bookings but is now fully operational with indoor seating allowed.

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The Flavour Trailer co-founders Charley Cummings and Mario Shepherd at Brooklyn Social, where they have started a new residency.

The Flavour Trailer co-founder Charley Cummings said: "It's really exciting, we were looking to do something on our own and this means we can just focus on the food and that's what we're good at."

Charley and her partner Mario Shephard set up The Flavour Trailer in 2018 to sell burgers cooked in a one-tonne charcoal smoker on the back of a trailer at weddings, festivals and other events.

Having enjoyed success, Covid wiped out all of their bookings from March last year so they started doing deliveries around Brixworth, where they live, and Spratton.

Brooklyn Social replaced The Department of Meat and Social Affairs in February last year as a collaboration with Carlsberg, which distributes Brooklyn Brewery's beer in Europe.

The Flavour Trailer specialises in burgers and chips.

They sold the usual American classics like burgers, ribs and pizzas but the owner contacted Charley and Mario asking them to take over the food.

To celebrate, Mario has created the Brooklyn Social Flavour burger: locally-sourced aged beef patty, beef brisket pastrami, caramelised onions, American mustard mayo, mature cheddar and American cheese, pickles and Iceberg in a toasted artisan pretzel bun.

The chef is also working on other new starters like pork belly bites and cauliflower cheese croquettes, which used to go down well as canapes at events.

Plenty of other burgers including vegetarian and vegan options, plus chicken, fries, mozzarella sticks, milkshakes and sundaes.

While the team at Brooklyn Social will be focusing on the drinks with loads of craft ales and cocktails on offer.

Charley added: "We've got a good thing going on but we've still got the truck going to Brixworth, Earls Barton and Mawsley.

"We've got another food truck being built so we're still loving the food truck life and hopefully we can take it around Northampton more this summer.

"But the restaurant opens tonight (Wednesday, May 19) for people to sit inside so hopefully people enjoy it."