Charlie & Co burgers have a story that’s carefully developed from paddock to plate. Bang’s job was to sum that up in a brand. A strong story needs a strong character. Inspired by the back-to-basics approach of the owners, Bang delved into the history of the burger and uncovered Mr Charlie Nagreen.
Legend has it that 15-year-old ‘Hamburger Charlie’ invented the hamburger at the Seymour Fair in 1885. His popular takeaway meatballs were hard to hold, so he started selling them between slices of bread. As a bit of burger folklore, Charlie Nagreen tied together the elements of traditional tastiness and grassroots innovation that celebrity chef Justin North wanted to bring to his customers.
Justin and Georgia North showed us the brands they liked, why they liked them, and more importantly, just how passionate they were about supporting small producers and bringing quality burgers to their customers through Charlie & Co. Inspired by their passion and dedication, the Bang team developed the brand concept into menus, a website, interiors, uniforms and packaging, using locally sourced and sustainable materials in line with the brand.
With the exit of Justin North from the business in 2011, new owners Jones the Grocer are taking Charlie & Co to new locations in Australia and Asia. The burgers may be changing, but the brand story remains the same.