At the State Library of Queensland we are unearthing stories of the Greek cafés, milk bars and oyster saloons that operated in inner-city Brisbane until the 1970s.
Shops run by Greek migrants were always open, the food was cheap, and the menu was the same countrywide—they were the McDonald’s of their time.
The classic Greek café with its milk bars and cubicles, soda fountains and frosty, anodised milkshake containers evolved from oyster saloons that traded from the late nineteen century in Brisbane city and country towns across the state. But from the 1960s Greek shops were descending into snack bars and takeaways, and have now all but disappeared.
Do you remember Christie’s Café and the Palms in Queen Street?
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