The Niagara Cafe: Australia’s oldest Greek cafe and milk bar reopens with new owners

·

The restoration of Australia’s last authentic Greek cafe in the New South Wales rural town of Gundagai is complete and a “soft opening” was held in early June.

The new owners of The Niagara Cafe have been trading Monday to Friday offering coffees and sweets to locals, with hopes to offer take-away meals and evening dining in the coming months.

Luke Walton and his partner Kym Fraser purchased the cafe from the Loukissas family in March last year after it had been on the market for a year and a half.

The cafe was established in 1902 by a Kytherian Greek, Strati Notara, and then continued with the Castrission family who installed the art deco interior and exterior in 1938.

The Loukissas family ran the cafe from 1983, making it the oldest Greek-run cafe and milk bar in Australia.

Now, with the renovations, many of the original art deco features have remained because the new owners said it was “vital to preserve them.”

“The key features of the place, the joinery and the main counter are from a 1938 fit-out,” Mr Walton told The Riot-Act.

Mr Walton also said he wants to make sure to celebrate the cafe’s unique heritage and make the venue into more of a tourist attraction.

“It was a community hub really – I think there were even wedding breakfasts and first communion breakfasts here – that’s what we’d like to see it become that again,” Mr Walton said.

“Gundagai is a very friendly town, so there’s a lot of travellers coming to stay. So I hope it is a mixture of both.”

Advertisement

Share:

KEEP UP TO DATE WITH TGH

By subscribing you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Advertisement

Latest News

Professor Con Aroney’s book ‘Bound to Two Homelands’ launched in Sydney

The official Sydney launch of Professor Con Aroney’s book, 'Bound to Two Homelands – A Kytherian Odyssey,' was held.

Four generations of Greek voices on stage at Brisbane concert in June

'Axion Esti and Masterworks,' will be performed in Queensland Performing Arts Centre’s Concert Hall on Wednesday, 5 June 2024.

Record participation in 2024 Greek Language Certificate Exams at Macquarie University

102 candidates from NSW and ACT sat for exams for the Certificate of Attainment in Greek language at Macquarie University.

Australian media lawyer James Raptis resigns amid links to plagiarism operation

Media lawyer James Raptis has resigned from his position at Australian Community Media after being linked to an AI plagiarism operation.

Melbourne businessman George Papageorgiou falls victim to online lender

Melbourne small business owner George Papageorgiou has opened up about how he fell victim to an online lender.

You May Also Like

Lord Byron: The first Ambassador of the Greek Revolution

Lord Byron, born George Gordon Byron, was one of the most significant poets of Romanticism in English literature.

Scott Morrison announces ministerial reshuffle, promotes Alex Hawke MP

Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, has promoted key ally, Alex Hawke MP, in a broad ministerial reshuffle today.

Greek Festival of Sydney returns to Brighton-Le-Sands in May

The Greek Festival of Sydney will return to Bay Street at Brighton-Le-Sands on Saturday, May 27 after a 20 year absence.