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After 60 Years, Melbourne’s Hellas Cakes Selling, Pandemic Victim

Hellas Cakes in Melbourne has withstood 60 years of trials and tribulations, but the COVID-19 pandemic has brought the end of the Australian pastry shop, owner Peter Laliotis – who took it over from his father George, is selling it.

“We’ve come to a point where we’ve said enough is enough and we need to move on, and we’ve decided we’re going to close its doors,” Laliotis told Sunrise.

“Obviously during COVID-19 too, it didn’t make it any easier,” he also said.

Iraklis Kenos founded the business in 1962 in the Melbourne suburb of Richmond after learning to make pastry at the age of 12 in Athens, the report said, and then George Laliotis became a business partner after immigrating to Australia in the 1970s.

Peter Laliotis said that 2020 was just too hard on him because he lost his father and the pandemic kept customers away during lockdowns and people afraid to go out even when they could, and now a fifth lockdown brought the end for what Sunrise called “the country's oldest Greek cafe.”

“Congratulations on a such an iconic business. Thank you for supplying our shops for so many years,” one Facebook user commented.

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