The couples behind some of our top eateries share their secrets to working with your other half.
Things could have been very different. Sarah Doyle was a balloon artist at Australia’s Wonderland, while
Elvis Abrahanowicz considered selling vacuum cleaners door-to-door. Luckily for diners, they met and, six years later, opened Bodega with Ben Milgate and Joe Valore. Abrahanowicz had cooked professionally, but Doyle was new to hospitality, so her crash-course in front-of-house came between her Bonds marketing job on weekdays, and nightclub shifts on the weekend (a financial necessity at the time). “We had no idea what we were doing,” says Abrahanowicz. Now they’re involved in 12 venues, and their belongings, including vases, rugs and signs, adorn them all. “Every restaurant has our crap in it,” says Doyle. A pizzeria called Bella Brutta and a second Continental Deli are next, but they have been delayed. Which, for once, the pair is grateful to hear. It means they can focus on another collaboration: their daughter, Maybelline, is about to be joined by twins.