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A part of Kings Cross history has been saved by siblings who have reopened Sydney’s quirkiest and oldest coffee bar.
Eulalie and Shamus Moore have recently taken over the historical Piccolo bar from the previous owner, Vittorio Bianchi.
The cafe operated continuously for 65 years before shutting its' doors last month.
“It’s an iconic café. We want to keep focusing on the local community and the people that have always come here,” new owner Eulalie said.
“I love Vittorio, he has always been very welcoming and that’s what I like about the bar and because it is so small, people talk to each other- it’s a lot different from other cafés.”
Past customers have included actor Geoffrey Rush, entertainer Peter Allen, musicians The Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Jeff Buckley and former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam.
Eulalie and Shamus have been long-time customers and they often visited during their teenage years.
Shamus had “fond memories” of going there and said that it was one of the first late-night coffee shops.
“It’s sort of a safe-haven for people late at night, who don’t want to get caught up in the throng of a bar,” he said.
Tina Newton-Carra, Vittorio’s niece, who also worked at the Piccolo bar said she was pleased with the outcome.
“It’s the perfect scenario. They love the Piccolo bar for what it is, so they will keep it the same and Vittorio is happy too.”
“I like going in for coffee because there is such a good energy in the place now,” she said.
The brother and sister team said that they won’t be changing much and are instead giving the place an “extra boost”.
Eulalie said they will be adding to the famous display of musicians, actors and iconic Australian characters on the photo wall.
“We want to have music, poetry readings and photography nights here too,” she said.
The Piccolo bar will focus on fresh Australian/Italian food which has been sourced locally. A range of home-made cakes, home-made pasta bases and vegan granola are available.
The cold-pressed juices, salads, pastas and coffee are some of the all-time favourites.
Shamus said, “We really want to give people a reason to come here from the morning to the evening.”
Mr Bianchi, who has been at the Piccolo bar for 55 years has continued to share his wealth of knowledge as he visits the café to help keep it flowing. When the café isn’t busy, he knits beautiful scarves which can be purchased and are seen on display through the window.
Ms Newton-Carra laughed as she recalled one her favourite stories about the Piccolo bar.
She said, “Vittorio had a dream that a horse came into the shop. A few days later, Vittorio was working away and he put his head on the coffee machine and there was a horse in the shop. Vittorio took a photo of it with the flash and the horse went bananas and they had to try and get it out. Like how did he get in the door? It’s a pretty small shop.”
She said that Shamus and Eulalie were continuing to keep the character of the Piccolo bar and are opening late at night.
The shop owners are eager to run the Piccolo bar as a 24-hour café once they have built up clientele.
“Sydney is a 24-hour city, people do shift work and we are trying to provide and cater for all of these people,” Mr Moore said.