Chargrill Charlie’s will return to where it all began on Saturday 28 November, with the family-operated company opening its latest store in Coogee.

The brand’s first chicken shop launched in the Sydney suburb in 1989, before expanding across the city and into Melbourne to now encompass 17 stores.

“I still remember the day my parents opened the doors to our first shop all those years ago, so it feels really special to open our new store in Coogee,” says Co-Owner Ryan Sher. “It’s like we are coming home! We really wanted to tap into all those magical memories to launch the store, and celebrate the era that helped build Chargrill Charlie’s into what it is today.”

Located on Coogee Bay Road, the new store is fitted out in Chargrill Charlie’s trademark modern industrial decor featuring reds, yellows and oranges. While the store will operate with limited capacity for now, the venue will be able to seat more than 45 people when COVID restrictions lift.

It’ll be the first store to introduce ‘The Salad Cube’, which will allow customers watch staff prepare fresh salads in a bespoke kitchen through a window.

Chargrill Charlie’s Coogee will offer all the brand’s signature dishes, including chargrilled chicken, chicken schnitzels, seasonal salads, DIY dinner plates, crunchy hot chips, wedges, rolls and burgers as well as classic desserts like their homemade apple pie.

To celebrate the return to Coogee, Chargrill Charlies will dial up the 80s vibes across the store’s opening weekend. For 48 hours only, the brand will return its chicken menu to the original prices from 1989, with the throwback menu including Chargrill Charlie’s Famous Extra Large Seasoned Chicken ($10.90), Half Seasoned Chicken ($5.90), Quarter Season Chicken ($3.90) and delicious packs including a Half Chicken and Chips ($9.90) a Quarter Chicken and Chips ($5.90).

Chargrill Charlie’s Coogee is the second of the three new stores opening in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs this year. Randwick opened in August and Bondi is set to open in December, joining stores in Annandale, Coogee, Dee Why, Drummoyne, Frenchs Forest, Lane Cove, Mona Vale, Mosman, Neutral Bay, Randwick, Rose Bay, St Ives, Wahroonga, Willoughby, Woollahra and Camberwell, Melbourne.