Deniliquin’s Café history

Deniliquin has had a lot of Cafe’s over the years and we’re attempting to name them all which will take some time to do as we look over photographs and other images and records.

Some of these may be businesses that existed in the same place but had different names, this entry will be regularly updated as more details come to hand.

Some pictures have come directly from Deniliquin History in Photos and Deniliquin & District Historical Society.

Broadway Café

Was located across the road from the Union Bank which was also the site of the Town Hall Café and was in business for many years.

Locals and visitors in 1926 could get a hot lunch from the café at noon daily although other ads in 1926 also said 12:30 and their specialty was Coffee with Toast or Sandwiches as well as Asparagus while special dishes were to order.

The café had a sandwich service and they also sold Cooked Ham and their phone number was 246.

C Lane De Boos was recorded in ads as the proprietor in 1926.

Miss Marshall was announced in papers in at least 1928 that she had taken over the Café.

Mr S. Rymer brought the Broadway Cafe in 1928 as ads were running in at least December that year.

A September 1929 report refers to ‘Mr Rymer, of the Broadway Cafe’ who provided supper for the Country Party Ball at Town Hall.

Ads for the Cafe in 1932 indicate the the cafe was run by the Robertson brothers and in 1933 the Panaretto brothers ran ads indicated they had taken over the business.

Thefts were reported in 1932, the theft resulted in the loss of Mutton, 14 meat pies and other foodstuff.

Trophies for the 1932 Deniliquin Show were displayed behind the windows of the cafe.

The Cafe was altered and was completed in 1934

A children’s party for a dance school was held at the cafe in 1936 and at least 22 people were at the event.

In 1936 it was discovered that milk sold at the cafe contained 34% added water resulting in fines and hard labour for the accused.

The cafe hosted many wedding receptions with The Independent regularly reporting on receptions held there.

C. Condos was running the cafe in the 1940’s and it was mentioned in 1941 that he brought a cafe in Napier Street and provided Adams’ Cake to both locations.


Mona Café

Was located in Napier Street.

Adams’ Cake was supplied to the Cafe

In 1946, John Ferrari received a cheque that was proved to be valueless, the youth who gave the cheque received a suspended three month sentence.

Two girls were wanted to be hired by the Café in November 1946.

A man was found there in 1949 after jumping off the National Bridge, the man jumped off the bridge after his wife dared him to jump, the man was arrested at the Cafe.

The cafe was considered popular and has been affectionately remembered many locals decades after it closed.

Café Bakery 285 (current)

Located in Cressy Street.

Bronte’s Gourmet (current)

Located in Napier Street.

Crossing Café (current)

Located in between the Information Centre and the Peppin Heritage Centre.

Scoop n Brew (current)

The Scoop n Brew filled in a huge hole in Deniliquin Plaza when it opened for business, it occupies the shop that formerly housed Movieland.

It quickly gained a reputation as a high quality, dependable business and offers a whole range of food and drink.

It has a Facebook rating of 5 out 5 after 20 reviews.

Probert’s Cafe, Globe Cafe & Primrose Café

Deniliquin Independent called the cafe Probert’s Cafe or Globe café from around the 1920’s

Patrons in 1925 could buy Herbert Adams’ celebrated Cake & Sponge Sandwich at the café and it was fresh twice weekly.

The Cafe was renovated in 1934 and was considered the ‘most extensively stocked and equipped cafe in the district’.

In 1936, heavy rain damaged ‘a good deal of stock’, this rain also damaged several other businesses.

The Primrose Cafe was considered one of the best in town.

Surviving online records have the Primrose mentioned in The Independent in 1941.

In 1946, Henry Nash faced court after being charged with not paying his employees award rates.

The ceiling in the Kitchen are collapsed during a storm in February 1948, R. K. Allen was proprietor at that time.


The Cafe continued into the early 21st century before closing down.

Red Rose Diner (current)

Red Rose Diner was damaged in 2018 when TLC Real Estate was set on fire.

Before the fire the diner was getting a reputation for being a great place with a FB rating of 5 out of 5 after 34 reviews.

Red Rose Diner now brings its range of goods to events with one example being the showing of movies at Waring Gardens in April 2019.

Deni Diner

Deni Diner only had a short existence thanks to a fire that severely damaged it and Green Pepper Pizza.

Blue Sea Café

Formerly located in Cressy Street.

Not much is known about it online apart from the fact the Café achieved immortality by being in the opening seconds of a Big M ad, it is said that the Blue Seas was chosen by producers due to it being relatively free of ads of various brands.

The building was later demolished and a new one built in its place with the Black Cat Café now in the spot where the Blue Seas was.

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Tarilta Cafe & Black Cat Café

The Tarilta Cafe was opened next to Jane and Jane’s around 1916 and was run was J. H Donovan.

The ads announcing that Mr Donovan opened the Tarilta ran at least between 1916 and 1918

A fixture in an always changing town, Black Cat has been around for since the 1940’s and currently the business sits comfortably among its takeaway competitors.

The first mention of the Black Cat Café we could find was an advertisement made in March 1941, a girl was wanted to be hired by the Café and applicants had to apply to Mrs Ferrari.

The next mention was in January 1946 after a RAAF man was arrested for drunken behaviour and breaking a table at the cafe.

Marshall and Barnes were running the cafe in 1948.


The Black Cat Cafe has stayed in Cressy Street throughout its run formerly occupying 326 Cressy Street before moving to 343 Cressy Street.

If the Tartilla Cafe and Black Cat Cafe are one continuous business then the business has been existing for over 100 years.

Central Café

Was located in Cressy Street in the spot later made popular by O.B’s and their telephone number was 81 1644.

The business later on moved to Hardinge Street before closing and the signage lasted for many years.

They offered Pizzas, Chicken, Cigarettes, Soft Drinks, Bread and Milk.

Old Dublin Café

Sushi Bite Café (Current)

Bishop’s Café

Existed at least in the 1930’s in Cressy Street.

In the November 4 1937 edition of the Deniliquin Independent, the Cafe was said to have been rebuilt and business was moved back there.

During the rebuilding, the cafe was temporarily operating next to the Deniliquin Independent and was damaged in January 1936 by heavy rain.

The phone number for the cafe was 184

Town Hall Café

The Town Hall Cafe was located to the left of Town Hall and can be seen in several postcards of Town Hall, the spot is now shrubs and lawn.

Mentions of McCann’s Town Hall Cafe was changed to Town Hall Cafe sometime around 1930 with Miss D. Lane running the business.

In 1932, the cafe was mentioned in Town Hall Pictures advertisements as being ‘Adams Cafe’ (Next Town Hall).

The Cafe existed into at least the 1930’s

One photo when looked at with a magnifying glass indicates that the Cafe sold Sweets and Old Gold chocolate which was made by MacRobertson’s before eventually becoming Cadbury.

Napier Café

Ads for the Napier Cafe started appearing in The Independent in December 1925.

Andronico Brothers purchased the business conducted by Mrs Sharpe and their ads offered patrons the following

Best Fruit Procurable
Cool Fountain Drinks
Best Brands of Confectionery
Ice Cream
Big variety in Ice Cream Specials and Sundaes
Orders taken for Poultry
Specialty Cooked ‘Pineapple’ Hams
Fishing and Picnic Parties catered for
Meals at all hours

Happy World Café

Happy World Cafe existed in Wellington Plaza.

Victoria Café?

Mentioned in 1932 as a place to vote at and again in 1934, it is possible that the Victoria Café was where the Victoria Hotel once operated and later became Deniliquin Toyota.






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