“I was a tailor, started when I was 6 years old. My father, mother,
all my family tailors. I came from a little village straight to Fremantle.
Fremantle’s the best place to live, the best. I started about 30 years ago
with Sorrento Tailors on the corner here, for twenty two years, tailoring!
Every morning I start at four o’clock. I used to go to the Marina Coffee
Lounge in the morning and I always complain the coffee is no good.
I say, ‘Look, you don’t want to make better coffee, change your
coffee or I open a coffee shop!’ For a joke, then I say to my wife,
‘We ’ re going to Italy for a holiday’. After I arrived over there
I go and look for coffee. I never say anything to anybody.
I come back after six weeks, I put ‘Close Down Sale’ in the
window, close down men’s wear store. My wife she come
down and went crazy!
‘What are you doing there?’
“I want to open a coffee shop; Gino’s”.
My wife, she didn’t want me to do that but I
wanted to do something different.
Twenty-ninth of November it’s eleven years!
now I go through one hundred and fifty kilo of coffee a week.
For thirty two years I’ve been on this corner,
always this corner, and the people, they like my coffee.

Gino Saccone 1937 - 2001