Two competing Sydney restaurants are facing the frightening prospect of closure. Both were the first of their kind in Australia, and became a focal point for the cultural communities that grew around them. With all that history, the thought of closing the doors is unimaginable.
Emads Exotic Lebanese Restaurant has been run and loved by the Lahoud family for almost 40 years since Tony & Lily were university students. However changing times and increased local competition mean they are now struggling to keep the doors open. Their three daughters have grown up in the restaurant and now all in their twenties have their own ideas about how things need to be run. It’s ‘the old generation versus the new’ as Tony (Dad) stubbornly resists his daughters fight to save the restaurant they love.
Gloria’s Café is a 20 year-old, family run Portuguese restaurant and was once an integral part of the Portuguese community in Petersham. The business is now just surviving on loyal regular clients who have been dining in the restaurant for years. Gloria handed over the running of the business 8 years ago to her daughter Eliana, but regularly returns to throw her weight around confusing staff about who is boss.
Will this be the end for two iconic ethnic restaurants - as they face the Chopping Block?