October 24 2015 - 12:30PM 12 Wollongong eateries we’ve loved and lost PhotosfacebookSHAREtwitterTWEETemailwhatsappcommentComments 12 Wollongong eateries we’ve loved and lost Guest's was famous for its mushroom tarts, pies, lamingtons and cakes. Picture: Bill Colarich, Lost Wollongong Facebook pageGuest's Superior Cakes director Jim Guest pictured at the Fairy Meadow premises. The bakery was founded by Fred Guest in 1928 and owned by three generations of the Guest family. In 2002, the race was on to stop one of Wollongong's oldest culinary icons from crumbling. The company owed creditors about $900,000 and was up for sale. Pictured is Jim Guest Southern Crepes owners Peter and Kay Farthing prepare to close the doors of their 22-year-old eatery in 2005. The restaurant's savoury and sweet crepes and pancakes were a hit with Wollongong diners from the start.Southern Crepes opened in lower Crown Street in 1982, as a result of Kay Farthing and her sister Joy Wells being unable to find somewhere for coffee and a meal after the movies. Picture: Lost Wollongong Facebook page Theresa Henriques, Karen Cruickshank, Bianca De La Torre and Rebekah Reurich enjoy a Friday night at Southern Crepes in 2002.Building pancaked: The former Southern Crepes building was demolished in 2006 to make way for barbecue chicken shop Chicko's. Monsoon Vietnamese Restaurant's owner and chef Khanh Hoang in 2000. Built upon the principles of feng shui, an ancient Chinese theory of placement and design, the Keira Street restaurant had a calming and comfortable atmosphere.A fiery satay dish from Monsoon Vietnamese restaurant. The eatery was BYO, which combined with a reasonably priced menu, made for an inexpensive but enjoyable lunch or dinner, seven days a week.In 2005, Sharyn Toppazzini, 24, and Tony MacLennan, 23, became the new owners of one of the most popular restaurants in the city.Paul Dellis, Lee Zaharias, Pano Tzolakidis, Will Patris and Michael Karanfilovski celebrate Jade Wishart's 21st birthday on a Saturday night at Monsoon in 2005.Lone Star Steakhouse and Saloon restaurant, located next to the North Gong, opened in 1999. While embracing a Texas-style concept with western artifacts on the walls and neon beer signs, the eatery was renowned for its high-quality steaks.Manager Jason Lawrence said the Lone Star prided itself on providing a memorable dining experience by creating a fun and vibrant atmosphere. While diners enjoyed their meal and listened to country music the staff also joined in the fun and performed their own Lone Star-style of line dancing.Judy, Peter and Robyn Clifford and Adam Walton at the Lone Star in 2009.Charcoal Tavern restaurateur John Graham (right) and head chef Troy Swindle relaxing in one of Wollongong's finest restaurants in 1999. At its peak the Charcoal Tavern was voted the NSW's best southern region restaurant five years in a row and was subsequently inducted into the Hall of Fame.Marianne King relaxes on the Charcoal Tavern veranda in 2001. The homely heritage-listed property was famous for its romantic ambience and modern Australian cuisine."We loved the restaurant so much we've decided to buy it." - Wollongong solicitor Hilton King and his wife Marianne outlining the romantic significance of their decision to buy Wollongong's Charcoal Tavern restaurant. They're pictured here with manager Ken McIvor in 2000.Keith Hillier, Joan Gaze, Craig Parker, Jane Comensoli, Peter Vaughton and John Dengate at the Charcoal Tavern in 2002.For sale: The vandalised remains of the Charcoal Tavern Restaurant in 2007. The restaurant closed its doors in 2003, a victim of changes to the fine dining industry, a discreet location and the GST.The food court on the lower ground floor of what used to be known as Gateway on the Mall. One of the shops included Gateway To Atlantis, a seafood eatery covered with paintings of tropical fish. Picture: Jenny Baldo Spagnolo, Lost Wollongong Facebook pageThe once bustling food court closed in 2003 to make way for a new development at Wollongong Central. Picture: Heather Smith, Lost Wollongong Facebook pageWollongong loved Pizza Hut's all-you-can eat pizza and salad buffet, but by 1998 the Globe Lane outlet was no more. Picture: Lost Wollongong Facebook pageCafe on the Mall offered Wollongong a little taste of Provence. Diners could choose to eat inside or al fresco on the balcony overlooking the activity of the Crown St Mall.Head chef at Cafe on the Mall Samantha Thomson (right) with supervisor Lorraine Monaghan and waitperson Kaye Sharman in 1998.Former nurse Judith Starky made her mark in hospitality with the opening of Cafe on the Mall in 2000. The restaurant was known for its layered lattes, chunky wedges with sour cream and sweet chilli sauce, focaccias, garlic bread on skewers - and the bird-proof wire on the balcony.Bob Harper, of Vogue Signs, works on the foyer feature wall at Cafe on the Mall in 1998. It included some words in praise of lavender.In 2006 Teri and Daniella Peros made Piato Coffee and Fine Food even more of a hot spot by introducing the latest wireless internet technology for customers who carry laptop computers. Piatto staff at Crown Gateway on level three. The core of clientele was built from people with limited time who knew they would be served and out of the restaurant well within the one hour they had for a lunch-break.Julie Frankcombe, Marinka Sherley and Lynn Jego celebrate No Diet Day as they lunch at Piato Coffee and Fine Food in 1999.Piato's menu incorporated popular dishes such as gourmet chicken burgers and pasta including penne and fettucini with a variety of sauces. Italian chef and co-owner Michael Ciot is pictured with his Warrawong staff (from left) Lina, Nick, Nicole, Shelley, Kate, Zac, Nathan, Thor and John in 2001.The Ciot family - Michael, Jenny and 18-month-old Thomas - in Michael's Trattoria in 1999. The couple opened another outlet at 50 Crown Street, replacing Cantina Due Mezzi, in 2002.Tom Gajic, Darren Kay, Nicole Kay and Mark Mason dined at Michael's Trattoria on New Year's Eve, 2005.'Best Hamburger Joint In Town', Rosie and Harry promised, and diners flocked for a taste-test. Picture: Peter Vohradsky, Lost Wollongong Facebook pageInside the 60s-themed diner on the Princes Highway, Dapto. Picture: Peter Vohradsky, Lost Wollongong Facebook pageLong-time Keira Street favourite Thai Basil Cafe recently closed for good after 17 years, with owner Phaithoon "Doi" Stenton - pictured here in her Figtree restaurant - bidding a fond farewell to regular customers. The rebound from a year of road closures and heavy construction on the GPT shopping centre had not been as bright as predicted.The budget appeal of Keira Street's Thai Basil Cafe appealed to the student market. GREASY FORK: Jade Stepto, Monika Fialowski, Nicole McWhirter, Tenille Travers and Kirstie McCall. GREASY FORK: Suzanne Fenwick, Sylvia Wilson and Judith and Charles Wright. GREASY FORK: The RSCPA's Jean Fenwick, Ann Dewson and Sandra Nicholls in 1999. GREASY FORK: David Delaney, Vanessa Bourne and Tim Cartwright at Caitlin Delaney's 21st in 1998.GREASY FORK: Adam Tedesco, and Alicia Krook at Meagan Winters 21st in 1998.GREASY FORK: Rochelle Gilroy, Meagan Winte and Wendy Ball at Meagan's 21st in 1998. GREASY FORK: Elisha MC Donald, Caitlin Delaney and Kendall Cartwright at Caitlin's 21st in 1998.TweetFacebook of Is your favourite restaurant of the past included in our gallery?Pictures from the Illawarra Mercury archives and Lost Wollongong Facebook page.facebookSHAREtwitterTWEETemailwhatsappcommentComments Comments Discuss "12 Wollongong eateries we’ve loved and lost" Please note: All comments made or shown here are bound by the Online Discussion Terms & Conditions.