Iconic Greek grocer in Redlands QLD transformed by the next generation

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Andrew & Leoni’s, an iconic family-owned Redlands grocers in Capalaba, Queensland will be transformed into a vintage-style, gourmet grocers and deli in October with a touch of Greek nostalgia.

The store, which will be renamed to The Capalaba Outpost” has been a beloved establishment since its opening in 2000 by previous owner Andrew Ioannou. In 2020, Andrew passed the business on to the next generation, his son and daughter-in-law, who are now transforming the grocer with their neighbours.

Carindale residents Natalie McLaughlin, John Ioannou, Mark and Tracy Brennan are building Redland’s newest go-to coffee spot located at 310 Mount Cotton Road.

The baton of a family owned Redland grocers has been passed on to the younger generation. Photo: The Courier.

The idea for this venture was born during the Covid pandemic when the new owners joked about their fantasy business idea through the fence. Now, they have turned that idea into reality, creating a new coffee spot for the Redlands community.

In an interview with the Courier, Mrs McLaughlin said about the business venture, “We kind of joked about becoming grocers during Covid, after Andrew put his business on the market.”

The new vintage-style gourmet grocers and deli will not only offer quality coffee but also pay tribute to Mr. Ioannou’s Greek heritage with a blend of Greek and “Aussie favourites” on their menu.

“We will have a sprinkling of Greek delights including tasty olives, dolmades, pink dip and more,” Mrs McLaughlin said.

With quality coffee and a relaxing seating area surrounded by nature, the newly renovated cafe will feature a native garden with a purpose.

The Capalaba Outpost is undergoing renovations and is set to open in late October.

“We have made the interior as cute as relaxing as possible, and in the garden our customers can sit down and take a breather before they have to leave and face the world again, we want them to enjoy,” she said.

“We hope this attracts native birds to the trees.”

Source: Courier

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