Melbourne Greek food institution Stalactites has been awarded the Lord Mayor’s Commendation for 2019.
The well-known business has been owned by the Konstandakopoulos family for over 40 years, passing through three generations.
The family took to Facebook to announce the news and express their gratitude.
“We are proud to announce we have been awarded the Lord Mayor’s Commendation this year,” reads the post.
“It is an honour to be recognised for our longstanding service to @CityofMelbourne and we will continue to keep serving our delicious, much-loved Greek food to Melbournians for generations to come!”
Hundreds of long-time customers of the eatery liked the post, and commented their congratulations, including many who live interstate and say they look forward to visiting the restaurant while in Melbourne claiming it serves up the “best Greek food”.
Located in the original Greek precinct of Lonsdale Street in Melbourne’s CBD, Stalactites first opened its doors in 1978, and is famous for both its stalactite-inspired ceiling and 24-hour opening hours.
The restaurant was closed for two months in 2013 as it underwent a vast million dollar renovation designed by Chaulk architects and undertaken by building firm Liquid Lines, who were behind the refurbishment of Stokehouse and Vue de Monde.