A Million Malted Milks : Brisbane's Greek Cafes
Before smashed avocado, kombucha and acai bowls, even before McDonald’s, there was the Greek café. A handful of Greek migrants were trading in oyster saloons in Brisbane during the 1890s. By the 1920s a vibrant café society flourished in the Queensland capital under the watchful eye of more than seventy Greek proprietors. Discover Brisbane’s forgotten café culture with Christie’s, Nick’s Café, Bond’s Chocolates and dozens of other Brisbane shops, and the families who ran them. They served banana splits and fish ‘n’ chips, mixed grills and malted milks, ice cream sodas and toasted sandwiches. And the soda, the ice cream, even the confectionery, were made on the premises. With plenty of affordable food AT ALL HOURS from a menu that was the same countrywide, the Greek café was the McDonald’s of its time.