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Gourmet Traveller (Australia) - - Contents - SARAH DOYLE & ELVIS ABRAHANOWICZ Porteño, Syd­ney

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.

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