Port Truckie Diner to make final push for lease extension


The fate of a popular Melbourne diner used by truck drivers will be known this week

Ruza Zivkusic-Aftasi | October 30, 2012

The fate of a popular Melbourne diner used by truck drivers will be known this week when rail operator VicTrack decides whether to pull the plug on the restaurant.

The Port Truckie Diner, which attracts up to 7,000 truck drivers on Footscray Road each year, is owned by Tass 'Franky' Koumakis.

He is due to meet with VicTrack, which owns the land that houses the diner, this Thursday to try and extend the lease for another three years until a BP service station is built at the site.

Koumakis says there are no truckie restaurants within the city, with the closest 15km away in suburbs like Sunshine and Epping.

He says the facility offers hot food, a place to sleep, shower and park indefinitely.

"Our last meeting with the rail operator is on Thursday – we should then know more by the end of the week," Koumakis says.

"If we close down there will be no more truck stops in the area, which means there will be nothing until they build a new BP in three years’ time."

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