All About Bernie’s

Emmanuel Benardos

bernie-imgEmmanuel Benardos was born on the island of Kythera, Greece in 1895. He was orphaned at the age of ten and brought up by an uncle in the tiny village of Christoforiannika.

In 1913 he boarded a ship in Athens for the 6 week journey to the fledgling nation of Australia on the search for a better life. After stints in country towns in western N.S.W. he arrived in Moss Vale in 1925 and opened The Central Cafe. Bringing with him European hospitality and food not seen before in country town Australia.

Bernie's Cafe
The Central Cafe closed in 1927 and moved, after Emmanuel purchased the current premises and renamed his business ‘Bernie’s Cafe’ as he was starting to become known as ‘Bernie’ around the small town. Emmanuel Benardos Married Mirsini Potiris of Cooma in 1933, they had four children. George, John, Andrew and Kalomyra. Emmanuel died in 1954 and Mirsini was left to run Bernie’s Cafe with her four children. In 1958 they decided to sell the business.

Fast forward 55 years: Ioannis Benardos (Emmanuel’s grandson) has breathed new life into this Moss Vale icon. The meticulously designed premises now resemble an excellent example of an Art Deco American diner with touches from the 1950’s. One of the few examples of the quintessential American diner in Australia.

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