Holding a special place in customers’ hearts
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.