ROLAND LEUTWYLER and Gisela Schmocker (far right) are handing over the Mecca Cafe to Todd McLean and his mother Janette.
ROLAND LEUTWYLER and Gisela Schmocker (far right) are handing over the Mecca Cafe to Todd McLean and his mother Janette.

Cafe a mecca for long-time residents

By JANE GARDNER

jgardner@northernstar.com.au EVERY long-time Lismore local has a fond memory of Magellan Street icon the Mecca Cafe.

And that's the very reason why new owners, mum and son team Todd and Janette McLean, jumped at the chance to buy it.

"I'm always talking to people who used to work here or came here when they were little kids," Todd said.

"I want to keep it the same, but a few months down the track I'll also start to open at nights.

"It will probably get a lick of paint and I want to get some historical photos and put them up around the place."

Todd has worked as head chef at the Mecca for Swiss expats Roland Leutwyler and Gisela Schmocker for a year.

They are reluctantly selling the business to go back to Switzerland for three months, before they return to Larnook for a well-earned rest.

"When we bought the Mecca we didn't know how much we would fall in love with it," Gisele said.

"We had it for close to five years and we will really miss the customers.

"I can't thank them enough."

The Mecca has been operating since 1932. The original owner, a head chef like Todd, still lives in the area.



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