Dora Houpis

Life

Greek precinct’s restaurateurs eager to seat diners on Monday

Oakleigh’s famous Hellenic precinct, Eaton Mall, will come alive again as more Greek restaurants get ready to reopen their dining areas on Monday 1 June after two months of coronavirus-enforced …

Life

Signs of our coronavirus times

“Great and unexpected successes are often the cause of foolish rushing into acts of extravagance.” – Demosthenes. Getting ready to enjoy life again on the outside after weeks of house arrest imposed by the coronavirus lockdown? Not so fast. Remember the ancient Greek statesman …

News

Oakleigh restaurants get ready to reopen on 1 June – and owners get creative to make it work

Owners of two big restaurants in Oakleigh’s famous Hellenic precinct in Eaton Mall, this week welcomed the State Government’s easing of coronavirus trading rules with both saying they will reopen …

Dialogue

Unprecedented results of COVID-19 lockdown

Many things about COVID-19 and the subsequent worldwide lockdowns have been unprecedented. Even the frequency of the use of the word itself since March has been unprecedented. Below is a …

Dialogue

Lockdown in Oakleigh – a Melburnian Greek girl returns to her roots

For more than 20 years I have lived in a  Richmond flat within walking distance of the Melbourne CBD. Fat lot of good that did me in early March with  social distancing and stay-at-home rules. It was absolutely useless by 23 March when my inner-city job was furloughed indefinitely. It would be positively cruel by 30 March  with stage  three restrictions …

News

Banks, rents and rates still problems for Oakleigh traders

More than a month after Victoria’s coronavirus-induced lockdown, some Oakleigh businesses, including Greek traders, are still negotiating with banks, landlords and government over loan repayments, rents and rates. But the …

Features

Oakleigh Greek traders optimistic as more shops reopen

Greek traders in Oakleigh’s famous Greek precinct, Eaton Mall, and surrounding streets, where optimistic last Thursday, that trading would improve as more shops reopened and winter passed. One veteran Melbourne …

Features

10 things to do: Keep calm and think Greek

Feeling like Hollywood actor Charlton Heston, in the 1971 post-apocalyptic film, The Omega Man (remade in 2007 as I am Legend, starring Will Smith)? Can’t go out at night? Discovering that …

Dialogue

Coronavirus: good outcomes from a bad situation

“Never allow a crisis to go to waste.” Rahm Emanuel, chief-of-staff to US president Barack Obama Much will be written about the devastating affects of coronavirus on the world: the deaths, the unprecedented unemployment, the poverty, the …

Life

Oakleigh Greek shops come alive for Easter

Oakleigh’s shopping centre, particularly its famous Greek shops,  came alive this morning with people queuing to buy food, including produce for Greek Orthodox Easter next week. Neos Kosmos visited Oakleigh shopping …