Caffe Primo: 22 years at Westfield Tea Tree Plaza
22 years ago Dino and wife Lisa opened the very first Caffe Primo right here at Westfield Tea Tree Plaza. Today there are over 10 Caffe Primo stores across South Australia, with more than 400 employees across the venues.
It’s no surprise that Caffe Primo quickly became popular with South Australians and it didn’t take long for word-of-mouth to spread about their great value lunch deals. They kicked off with a pizza or pasta lunch meal for just $4.90! Caffe Primo is still well-known across the state for their competitive lunch prices, great value and delicious food!
Mark grew up in the hospitality business learning the tricks of the trade form both parents. Mark says, “working with our family is something we love and feel that family touch to the business is something that our customers notice and enjoy.”
Some of Mark’s most treasured childhood memories were right here at Westfield Tea Tree Plaza. Mark played in a local footy team and most Thursday nights him and his team-mates would visit Primo for a post-training feed and followed by a late movie with his mates.
In the early 2000’s after children Mark, Andrew and Amy finished high school they took over the family business and started running the restaurant side-by-side.
Mark’s favourite thing about working at Westfield Tea Tree Plaza is being able to pop out in the afternoons when it’s a bit quieter, to check out the stores and do a little shopping. With the variety of shops at Westfield Tea Tree Plaza there isn’t much you can’t find.
Choosing just one career highlight proved challenging for Mark so he narrowed it down to two. The first was the 20-year milestone for the family business and secondly, moving into the new restaurant after the dining precinct’s upgrade in 2018. Mark thoroughly enjoyed modernising the restaurant, moving away from the previous cafeteria look and towards a modern open space look and feel.
The boys have changed the menu drastically over the last 12 months and added an array of new menu items such as a range of delicious desserts which are proving to be very popular. They’re most popular include: sticky date pudding & chocolate raspberry pancakes. Caffe Primo’s signature main meal dishes include the Pollo Avocado & Pasta Carbonara. Delizioso!
If you’re a Caffe Primo regular, be sure to become a Primo Gold member here and you’ll receive special offer. T&Cs apply, see in store for details.
Mark and the team can’t wait to see you and your family in for a feed soon.
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