A different experience.
That's what El Latte Cafe owners Efthimis (Tim) Kiahidis and Alexandra Vegkou hope to give the people of Lithgow with their Greek inspired hang out.
The couple recently made the tree-change from Sydney and opened their chic cafe on July 5, situated next to Stitchings on 81 Main Street on July 5.
Tim said Stitchings owner Rebecca Giokaris and her family were a driving force in making the cafe a reality.
"They own the shop which has a great history. It was originally a milk bar owned by John Giokaris many years ago and we have displayed photos of it in the cafe," he said.
"The Giokaris' have been like family to us, very supportive amazing people."
Alexandra said her and Tim had been looking to move out of Sydney with their children for a few years and the perfect opportunity arose with El Latte.
"We were looking at different areas to open up a coffee shop and we thought it would be a great opportunity for the kids to grow up and have a better quality of life," she said.
The elegant and stylish venue is named after the Greek word 'elàte' and means to 'come in'.
"We are about great coffee and Greek food," Tim said.
Greek food on offer includes gyros, souvlaki, burgers and of course an iconic Greek salad. There is also a selection of breakfast items and pastries to choose from.
"We want to put more Greek cuisine on offer because people are asking for it," Tim said.
He said he didn't expect the popularity of it but it was wonderful to know people want to try something new.
"We want to give people a different experience and something different to try," he said.
He said souvlaki and caramel lattes were proving to be their best sellers so far.
"We also didn't expect to be so busy but thank you to the Lithgow community for their support," he said.
Tim has had plenty of hospitality experience after working in one of North Sydney's most popular cafes and wants to bring the best of the best to Lithgow.
"We're trying to put more Greek food on the menu, we've only been open for two weeks so we're still going by trial and error," he said.
To help him and Alexandra do that, they're asking community members to provide feedback.
"We need feedback from people so we can fix stuff and be better as well," Tim said.
"It's very important that for people to give us feedback, I prefer people to come to me with their comments and if we don't fix it then it's on us," Alexandra said.
"We need to know what they like and don't like," Tim said.
Despite still finding their feet and juggling the difficulties of COVID-19, Tim and Alexandra have big plans for their little cafe.
"We are trying to get our back area sorted because we want to do an outside sitting area," Alexandra said.
"We plan to apply for a liquor licence and we will be able to open a bit later for dinner options," Tim said.
The back room can be used for special occasions and business meetings as well as providing the community with an evening meal option.
"El Latte is something different and we wanted to do that. We didn't want to go and do exactly the same what everyone else does," Tim said.
The cafe will also offer catering and deliveries which they already currently do for Ferrero workers.
"It's an exciting new chapter and we invite people to come and try," Alexandra said.
El Latte is currently operates from 7.30am to 4pm Monday to Saturday and will expand in time.
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