Smiley leaves Intersection Cafe

You will probably have no idea what I am talking about unless you go (or have recently gone) to Melbourne Uni or live in the Carlton-ish area.

Intersection Cafe is a souvlaki/pizza/fried food cafe located in Carlton on the corner of Lygon and Elgin street. It is an institution to Melbourne Uni students as the place to eat after the pub. In previous years, they offered half price pizzas on Thursdays causing huge lines for food and even opened a bar upstairs. Sadly, the man behind the operation, Alex or Smiley to locals is leaving the business.

Currently on Facebook, there is a group called the “Smiley’s (intersection cafe) appreciation society” with a massive 288 members. On there you can post your best Smiley deal; the most amount of food for the least amount of money. Throughout the years, many people, myself included have gotten some great late night deals. Once I even got some pizza for free.

Sadly, all good things have to come to an end. Just as Naughton’s is missed by locals, Smiley will go down as a Carlton and Melbourne Uni legend.

Facebook: Smiley’s (intersection cafe) appreciation society

Picture by Jude Newton

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1 Comment so far

  1. Kai (unregistered) on October 29th, 2007 @ 5:20 am

    Hey, this is bad news. I loved it when he gave me 3 (apparently unfresh, but ok-) slices of pizza for a dollar or two. At least the intersection cafe remains open, that’s good! :-)

    I just gotta let all of you guys know how cool this blog is. I lived in Australia (mainly in North Melbourne and later on Carlton) for several years until the immigration department rejected my last visa application. I’m now back in Germany waiting for the second Permanent Residency visa to finally come through. It’s great to hear about places in this blog that I used to go pretty much everyday back then. Good memories… Melbourne always was and still is one of my favourite cities in the world. :-)



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