From inception up until the setting up process, how did you start your business?
We’re directly across the shed ‘A’ at the Vic Market. Although the market side of Peel St is alive and vibrant with the fruit and veg stands, Peel Street has never had anything to attract people across the street.
So, we’d always envisaged creating something special for the area, something that would eventually become a landmark.
To attract people’s varied tastes, we decided to make two distinct and cosy shops – a cafe and the Grill.
The aim of the two shops is to provide patrons with a really nice place were they can be assured to find the best quality, value and variety.
Did your Greek Australian background help you or impede you during your early days?
I am CPA qualified with over 20 years accounting experience, but I reminisce the days as a kid working in the take-away shop, as most Greeks did when their parents migrated here.
Nothing beats chatting with friends – and friends you make in the shop.
Annie has a teaching background, but the shop allows her to express her passion for cooking, like all Greeks.
What would you say stands out as the comparative advantage of your business over the competition?
We have a lot of pride in what we do. Our shops are clean, fresh and cosy: our food is fresh, tasty, and good value and the staff are the very best!
How is business currently?
The cafe, which has been only open several weeks, is a big success on the weekends with us having to turn people away on a few occasions because of a lack of seating.
The Grill is also doing well. Traditionally we’re known for our souvlakia.
Now we’re doing flame grilled burgers and developing a die-hard following for our burgers.
What is your vision for the future of your business?
We’re in the process of upgrading the outdoor seating, which will increase our capacity to accommodate more patrons.
In the process, we will be making planter and glass barriers which will make the area even more inviting and a very special place for people to retreat and observe the market with the city as a backdrop.
Do you have any tips for young entrepreneurs?
Be cashed up: Starting a good business is expensive.
Be committed to what you believe, and have pride in what you do.