Friendly corner store

Friendly corner store

Darling meets long-time business owner Joe to reminisce about the old days.

Factories and pubs.This was the Balmain that welcomed Giuseppe Panetta (Joe) when he arrived from Italy 55 years ago. "When we first opened, customers would tell us what they wanted, and we’d get it from behind the counter.That’s how I learnt to speak English", says Joe.

Balmain has changed since, but Papa Joe and Co is still part of the community.Today, daughter Luisa is working alongside Joe and the store has developed into a foodie haven showcasing local produce and mamma Maria’s homecooked meals.

Papa Joe and Co,
196 Darling St, Balmain.

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