Vale Thanasis Spanos: Pioneer of Greek hospitality in Melbourne


People who knew Thanasis knew he had a warm heart, complimented brightly by his warm smile. Passing aged 74, Spanos will be deeply missed by the Greek Community in Melbourne, where he began his hospitality legacy.

When Thanasi came to Australia in 1971, his first port of call was Lonsdale Street, where he later ran Medallion Cafe for 20 years.

Thanasis’ greatest success, however, came from operating ‘Vanilla’, which has grown to be one of the largest businesses in Oakleigh.

Vale Thanasis SpanosThere are some people who absolutely blaze a trail.Thanasi did this in spades. He was one of the…

Posted by Steve Dimopoulos MP on Friday, 31 July 2020

Steve Dimopoulos, MP for Oakleigh, said Thanasis’ ability to connect with everybody was like “nothing I have ever seen”.

“This will be deeply felt by the Oakleigh community. We will stand by you always.”

An avid football fan as well, Thanasi was a supporter, life-member, sponsor and friend of South Melbourne FC for almost five decades.

Vanilla will be closed for 3 days to observe the beginning of their mourning period. (Saturday 1st August 2020 – Monday 3rd August 2020 inclusive).

VALE THANASIS SPANOS 18.12.45 – 31.07.20This afternoon our beautiful Thanasi was surrounded by his family and passed…

Posted by Vanilla on Friday, 31 July 2020
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