YOU WON’T NEED YOUR WAL­LET AT SAM’S RESTAU­RANT

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - KEA­GAN EL­DER

AT THIS soon- to- open new Townsville restau­rant you can leave be­hind your wal­let or purse.

You will able to pay for your meal at Greek restau­rant Sou­vlaki GR in North Ward with crypto cur­rency.

Restau­rant owner Sam Kara­giozis signed the lease for the restau­rant at 48 Gre­gory St last week and has plans to open it be­fore the end of the year.

“We have han­dover on Novem­ber 1 and plan to open in six weeks. I want it open be­fore Christ­mas,” Mr Kara­giozis said.

“I feel like you might need this. Be­sides get­ting a good steak, I feel bad, there’s not many op­tions in Townsville.”

Mr Kara­giozis said Sou­vlaki GR first opened in Thorn­bury, Vic­to­ria, in 2016, and opened a sec­ond restau­rant in 2017 in St Kilda. He also has plans on open­ing a third by the end of the first quar­ter of 2019.

Townsville, along with Toowoomba, were se­lected as part of the next stage of restau­rant ex­pan­sion into Queens­land.

Mr Kara­giozis said he be­lieved re­gional cities in Queens­land were vi­able in­vest­ment op­tions. “I think all ma­jor cities have enough ( Greek restau­rants),” he said.

He said Townsville had just a few Greek restau­rants. Mr Kara­giozis said Sou­vlaki GR would of­fer a tra­di­tional menu of chicken, lamb and pork grilled over char­coal. “We sort of do things old school,” he said. While the menu might be tra­di­tional, the pay­ment method isn’t ex­actly.

Mr Kara­giozis is the founder of AUSCOIN Group, which op­er­ates Bit­coin ATMs across Aus­tralia, in­clud­ing one in Kir­wan.

He said Bit­coin and AUSCOIN would be ac­cepted as pay­ment at the restau­rant.

Pic­ture: ZAK SIM­MONDS

IN­NO­VA­TIVE: Sam Kara­giozis will soon open a new Greek restau­rant, Sou­vlaki GR at North Ward, where cus­tomers will be able to pay with crypto cur­rency.

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