Hold­ing a spe­cial place in cus­tomers’ hearts

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Business -

SHIN­GLE Inn Bel­mont Fo­rum has his­tory dat­ing back to the 1930s.

Joint fran­chisee Vic Terp­kos said he was re­cently vis­ited by a cou­ple who shared their sto­ries of a child­hood about the Shin­gle Inn, in Bris­bane in the 1950s.

“The hus­band, Bill Ban­ner, spoke of his fond mem­o­ries as a young boy, vis­it­ing his big sis­ter, Ber­nice, who worked at the orig­i­nal Shin­gle Inn cafe in Bris­bane. He al­ways asked for a waf­fle with ice cream and butterscotch top­ping, so you can imag­ine how thrilled he was to see they are still on the menu and taste ex­actly as he re­mem­bers them,” he said.

“His Mum had also worked at the Shin­gle Inn from 1936 un­til she got mar­ried to his Dad, a few years later.

“He told us how the Web­ster fam­ily owned the store back then and treated the staff like fam­ily. All meals were pro­vided to team mem­bers while they worked, and fresh flow­ers in the store each week could be taken home too.”

He said Mr Ban­ner’s mother was in an im­age taken for the 50-year cel­e­bra­tion posters. Mr Terp­kos said he was thrilled the Inn could bring to life the child­hood mem­o­ries of their cus­tomers, even in a dif­fer­ent State.

An im­age from the orig­i­nal Shin­gle Inn cafe in Bris­bane.

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