Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Community Support Helps Businessman Rise to the Top

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Community Support Helps Businessman Rise to the Top

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Byline: Stuart Cumming stuart.cumming@thechronicle.com.au

KLEO Mylonas's friendly smile has greeted countless Pittsworth residents in search of good food for more than 50 years.

The 80 year-old was born in Cypress, where he lived until he was 21, before moving to Australia.

He and wife Olympia (deceased) bought a small Pittsworth cafe 52 years ago that initially offered residents the grand selection of a sandwich or a pie.

They worked hard and in 1960 bought a small block of land in the main street to build a new cafe that became an icon in the town.

The Sunkist Cafe offered a full menu of takeaway and sit-down meals.

Mr Mylonas said he was welcomed to the town.

"It was somehow strange in Pittsworth because people didn't know what to expect from me and I didn't know what to expect from them," Mr Mylonas said.

"They accepted what we had to offer and they were very happy because they couldn't get that previously."

It was hard work making a successful business. …

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