When Goody’s left the ground floor of the Greek Centre on Lonsdale Street in January, Greek Community sources had told Neos Kosmos that a new establishment “with a Greek flavour” would take its place. At the end of last month, a store sign indicated that Sulbing @The Greek would be opening soon.
Confusion prevailed because Sulbing, far from being Greek, is a popular dessert chain in South Korea with hundreds of stores around the world, mainly in Asia. The chain is renowned for serving various flavours of bingsu (Korean shaved ice), red beans and an array of toppings. The franchise kicked off as a small downtown cafe in the Korean port of Busan and quickly ballooned throughout South Korea in less than two years after capturing local taste buds..
The franchise operating at the Greek Centre, however, will be unique in that it will have a Hellenic twist. Sources told Neos Kosmos that there will be Greek coffees and a Grecian slant to the Korean desserts being offered once the cafe opens its doors.
Greek Australian businessman Kostas Tagalakis, the owner of the Goody’s franchise in Melbourne, is not the owner of the new venture at the Greek Centre. When Neos Kosmos had last caught up with Mr Tagalakis, he was in the process of picking a new venue for the popular Greek fast food restaurant, however COVID-19 restrictions had caused delays. With restrictions easing up, it is hoped that an announcement for the reopening of Goody’s at a central location will be made soon.
Watch this space.