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Arguably Willoughby’s most popular after-school cafe, NOC’s closing is shock news for the community and there’ll be many a sad face at the end of this week!

Long-time local eatery NOC (No Ordinary Cafe) is indeed closing this Friday, with owners Gino and Jenny having sold the business and looking forward to a well-deserved break. The husband and wife team have been working hard to serve the community seven days a week for several years now.

The cafe has been vastly popular with the local community for their large-serve breakfasts, Asian-fusion lunch menu, and particularly with the Willoughby Public School after-school crowd for their legendary hot chips, and milkshakes served with a lolly snake.

The cafe has also been wonderful for families with a long-time toy corner and book shelf for children, and a dog-friendly back courtyard. Owner Jenny also spent a year in a sushi restaurant learning the technique so that she could recently bring a sushi bar to the area.

Gino cooking up a storm behind the counter of NOC. Image credit: Willoughby City Council

The good news is that the business has been bought by a very enthusiastic culinary family, who will reopen the site at the end of the month under the name of Schietto – which means ‘honesty’ in Italian. Daughter Jamee has been working in NOC this week learning the ropes and tells us her father will be the chef and he’s worked in an Italian restaurant for many years. Her brother is a barista and will be manning the coffee machine.

Everyone will be pleased to know they take their coffee seriously and are spending a lot of time currently sourcing the perfect coffee for their customers. Smaller members of the community will be pleased to know that milkshakes will remain on the afternoon menu. The plan is to open for breakfast and lunch with the new Italian menu, and if all goes well they hope to open for dinner too from Thursday- Saturday.

We’re sure we’re not alone in wishing Gino and Jenny all the best for their next venture and thank them for serving the community so well over the years.