Hospitality figures Paul & Rene Pantazis on life and work in the Northern Territory


Paul and Rene Pantazis have a long and fascinating history in the Territory.

Rene arrived on the Koolinda, on Boxing Day 1946, following her father who was co-running the Rendezvous Cafe.

Paul’s Territory adventure began a few years later.

He came over from Cyprus in 1951, accompanying his sister who was engaged to a man in Darwin.

Paul’s first job was as a yardman at the Darwin hospital, he drove taxis and even made tomato sauce at the Rosella factory in Melbourne.

But the life-changing job was at the Rendezvous Cafe where he met Rene, and the rest, they say, is history!

In 1968, Rene and Paul founded Parap Fine Foods, a business that has gone from strength to strength, despite having to start from scratch after Cyclone Tracy.

Paul and Rene Pantazis spoke to the ABC’s Miranda Tetlow on Late Lunch. You can watch it on the link below. 

Source: ABC Radio Darwin




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