PERTH people expressed their sadness this week over the closure of iconic deli Di Chiera Bros after 64 years of operation.
The Di Chiera family opened its first stores in 1953 on William Street, Northbridge, then bought the Fitzgerald Street premises in 1957 and built a new store in 1969.
Owner Silvana Di Chiera announced on the business’ Facebook page that March 14 would be the final day of operation, saying the decision was “unfortunately out of our control on certain matters”.
“We have enjoyed discovering our identity and sharing our passion for food with all of our wonderful customers that have joined us over our long life,” she wrote.
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Customers and fans of the famous continental roll immediately expressed their sadness at the news.
Sharron Temelcos wrote: “Oh no! Best wishes to all at Di Chiera’s.”
“No wonder it was so busy just now! Sorry to hear and great to get to have one last amazing roll!” Ben Jones wrote.
Andrew Vinciullo wrote it was the “worst news ever”.
Some posted photos of their last continental roll from the establishment, with Alex Dew posting a love poem with his photo of his roll belted into the passenger seat of his car.
Guardian Express visited the shop on its last day ahead of the 3pm deadline and found customers still sitting outside enjoying food and a line of customers inside clambering for their final continental roll.