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    Bourke Street.

    Just noticed this in the Australian, may be of interest.

    "The dead victim has been identified by the Herald Sun as a co-owner of the long-established coffee house Pellegriniís Espresso Bar, Sisto Malaspina."

    Tragedy, reached the age of 77 and lost his life in this way.

    I don't know Pellegrini's, however I'm sure plenty of Victorians do.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nat...0c837cda4de32d
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    Pellegrini's is at the top of Bourke Street, near the Victorian Parliament. Its been there for over 50 years. Great coffee and great Italian food, Vale Sisto Malaspina, lovely man...
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    yes, i think just about all victorians know pellegrinis.
    Sad indeed, no matter who it was
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    Cafe owner Sisto Malaspina killed by Bourke Street terrorist

    Terrorism victim Sisto Malaspina, right, and co-owner Nino Pangrazio at their Pellegrini's cafe in Melbourne in 2010. Picture: Aaron Francis


    • John Ferguson

    Beloved Melbourne cafe owner Sisto Malaspina has been named as the man stabbed to death by the Bourke Street terrorist yesterday, and grief is being expressed around the nation, including on social media.


    Mr Malaspina had owned Pellegrini’s, a famed coffee house, since 1974 with his business partner Nino Pangrazio.
    Mr Malaspina was the Ron Barassi of Melbourne’s Italian restaurant industry.
    His death will add a layer of grief to the terror attack that only his patrons will understand.
    People wept openly yesterday when his identity was revealed.
    For decades he fed and watered every premier and politician that entered the Spring Street Victorian parliament.
    He was known to, it seemed, everyone in Melbourne.
    His manner was, like former footballer Barassi, most welcoming but often short and to the point.
    He had a job to do and it was done with production-line efficiency.
    That Mr Malaspina was apparently going to the aid of the terrorist spoke much for his humanity.
    He was about getting the job done.
    Pellegrini’s was the first restaurant in Melbourne to have an espresso machine and thrived perhaps despite itself, on a diet of coffee, minestrone and lasagne.
    Patrons sat on stools either facing into the serving area or the side wall. They came for a good time, not a long time.
    The lucky few could eat out the back where the food was prepared but mostly people came and went for the atmosphere after the theatre or the football.
    Mr Malaspina had been at the restaurant for 44 years and was walking through his city, minding his own business until the killer presented as someone in deep distress.
    That Mr Malaspina’s life ended under a white sheet on Bourke Street, with his shoes at his side, seems deeply unfair.
    The cafe will be closed over the weekend as his staff mourn the loss, news.com.au reported. Support had flowed in as the cafe window became filled with floral tributes.
    Desperate efforts were made at scene to save Mr Malaspina by emergency workers, according to Markel Villasin, who worked at a KFC on Bourke Street, but he died at the scene.
    A 26-year-old man and a 58-year-old man were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
    The older victim has been named as Rod Patterson, a businessman from Tasmania. In a tweet, Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman praised him for his bravery, saying “a nicer bloke you wouldn’t meet”.
    Mr Patterson’s actions in Bourke Street have been hailed as heroic by his friends and family, as he recovers in hospital following the attack.
    As the knife-wielding terrorist, Hassan Khalif Shire Ali, lunged at police and other bystanders, killing one, Patterson was caught in the affray. He was also stabbed.

    Shire Ali later died in hospital after being shot by a policeman to stop further attacks.

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    Very tragic indeed. Sad loss of a well loved Melbourne identity. A true gentleman.

    I just wish that the media would stop labelling the cowardly demented murderer as a "Terrorist", giving him the sort of publicity he probably was hoping for.
    This murderer was a coward, plain and simple. A demented pathetic piece of excrement. The media has some responsibility in all of this too. Call him out for what he was.
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    Well said CL...

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    How many would best remember Sisto Malaspina, speaking passionately about Pellegrinis when interviewed for a documentary about the history of Melbourne's coffee culture.

    If you don't want to watch the whole documentary jump forward to 11:30 on the time counter.

    https://tenplay.com.au/channel-ten/d...013/6/tldc-222

    ave atque vale.
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    A sad day for the Melbourne, Italian and Australia hospitality family. Nothing more Melbourne then Pelegrinis. As a boy it was always a special treat to go there for a lemon granita and an even greater treat to be served by Sisto RIP
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