Survival comes at a cost for Port Truckie Diner


Owner of Port Truckie Diner says "we are not going anywhere", but continuing to operate will come at a cost

Ruza Zivkusic-Aftasi | November 7, 2012

The Port Truckie Diner in Melbourne looks set to stay, but continuing to operate on the slice of land that houses the popular eatery will come at a cost.

Owner Tass ‘Franky’ Koumakis will hold final talks tomorrow with rail operator VicTrack, which owns the land on Footscray Road the diner operates on.

A proposal to charge $25,000 a year in rent has been presented to Koumakis, and he says he is happy to negotiate with VicTrack on the figure.

The Victorian Government originally leased the land from VicTrack, and Koumakis says he paid $10 year in rent to the Government.

"We are happy to pay for the rent but the sewerage we’re not meant to pay for because we haven’t got a safety tank, only waste," he says.

"We have a few little questions and we’ll get answers tomorrow. However, we are not going anywhere, we are hopeful that we’ll stay.

The diner attracts up to 7,000 truck driver on Footscray Road each year.

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