Loukoumades lovers you are in luck.
St.Gerry’s, renowned today as the pioneering brand of the loukoumades craze in Australia, will now have even more of these tasty bite-sized pieces of heaven to go around with the opening of its new location in the Melbournian suburb of Clarinda, Victoria.
The ever-expanding business also currently operates out of two dessert bars located in the Victorian suburbs of Balaclava and Mordialloc, complemented by established catering and wholesale arms.
Boasting over twenty phenomenal flavours, St.Gerry’s bestsellers up until now have included Snickers – for which they make their own salted caramel; the traditional honey, cinnamon and walnut; their own take on the Golden Gaytime; and Nutella with Cotton Candy.
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, St.Gerry’s hits us with the ultimate – some Greek inspired loukoumada flavours – our new favourite being Dean’s spin on Rizogalo (Greek rice pudding).
Greek City Times was lucky enough to get the loukoumades low-down when we caught up recently with the founder and owner of St.Gerry’s, Dean Giannakis.
“The new location is one I had fun fitting out,” Dean says. “It’s a clean, funky, industrial looking space that seats over 20 people inside and outside.”
Dean says that opening the new location was a strategic move for the business to expand the St.Gerry’s brand further and to re-capture his old clientele from the near-by former Oakleigh location, which was closed three years ago due to a neighbouring fire.
“I also wanted to continue to serve the customer base I built up in Springvale at my ghost kitchen during our extensive lockdowns,” says Dean.
The move has worked a treat, attracting the former clientele from Oakleigh who are visiting day and night and obviously thrilled to have St.Gerry’s back in the area and those luscious loukoumades at their fingertips once more.
“This new location offers a new addition of Greek coffee and frappe,” says Dean.
“Our rewards cards have been of great use too, with repeat customers coming back and making sure we stamp them for their sixth donut pack for free.”
So what does the future hold? Will there be another delicious St.Gerry’s dessert bar opening soon near you, you may ask?
“We’re looking at expanding further,” Dean tells us. “I’m currently hunting down a shop in the West and also scoping out some regional Victorian sites.”
“The wholesale arm of the business that launched a year ago is flourishing and we are supplying a handful of restaurants around Melbourne – a part of the businesses which will also grow.”
For now you can find St.Gerry’s delicious dessert bars at the below addresses:
213 Carlisle Street Balaclava
1196 Centre Road Clarinda
1-3 Lamana Road Mordialloc
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