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Gus’ feels the sting of the Silo laws as Health launches a crackdown

By johnboy - 10 March 2012 49

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Dark rumours about the kitchen at the iconic Gus’ cafe in Civic are older than this website.

But Kyle has sent in this pic showing us what the new public naming of defective food service regime will look like.

Now can we extend this to the legal and medical professions?

UPDATE 10/03/12 10:40 It appears this is part of a wider crackdown applying hitherto little known standards. If you see more prohibition orders around town send them in to images@the-riotact.com .

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49 Responses to
Gus’ feels the sting of the Silo laws as Health launches a crackdown
screaming banshee 12:26 am 11 Mar 12

Oh yeah, ’bout time!

screaming banshee 12:26 am 11 Mar 12

HenryBG said :

The good thing about Gus wasn’t his food or his coffee, it was the fact he refused to take s*** from brainless, unimaginative, rulebound government bureaucrats – he fought them and he won.

Before Gus, there wasn’t a single cafe in Canberra with outdoor tables on the pavement.

Not many people in this town have been as instrumental in effecting visible change as Gus was.

Yes, it could have been a good 2-3 months more before Canberrans were swept up in the wave of outdoor eating had Gus not stood his (unhygenic) ground.

Diggety, the govt that shuts them down is also the govt that is forking over for healthcare. Think of it as preventative healthcard. Besides if the business owner is too stupid to keep the place clean then they deserve to lose money. I mean it isn’t things like ‘oh we saw a fly fly in when the door was open now you have to close’, for them to be shut down its got to be pretty nasty or continuous neglect on behalf of the owner/staff.

TheDancingDjinn 10:52 pm 10 Mar 12

Pork Hunt said :

TheDancingDjinn said :

TheDancingDjinn said :

madamcholet said :

Interesting that two Canberra “institutions” have been caught in recent times! Never been there myself, but have heard people mention it as if it is the holy grail.

Same, every second person i knew had a love for Gus’s as if it were heaven – so i went one day. It was horrible!! – i don’t know why people thought it was great. Coffee was disgusting and the food worse – i didn’t finish either and had to pay an arm and a leg for it – never again! – glad i like the way i make my own coffee at home hehe

I added an extra s in”Gus’ ” there by accident – don’t get your grammer nazi knickers in a twist 😛

You spelled ‘grammar’ incorrectly…

hahaha i tried to correct myself and messed it up anyway – oh well 😛

HenryBG 10:27 pm 10 Mar 12

The good thing about Gus wasn’t his food or his coffee, it was the fact he refused to take s*** from brainless, unimaginative, rulebound government bureaucrats – he fought them and he won.

Before Gus, there wasn’t a single cafe in Canberra with outdoor tables on the pavement.

Not many people in this town have been as instrumental in effecting visible change as Gus was.

SnapperJack 9:59 pm 10 Mar 12

I-filed said :

Dark rumours? Facts.
Gus used to bring his Alsatian dogs in to the arcade next to the cafe, and openly play with them in front of patrons, sticking his hands into their slavering mouths. Then he would walk straight into the kitchen and handle someone’s toasted sandwich.
I suspect he had an “arrangement” with the health inspectors, because the filth in that place would make your hair stand on end – e.g. the ice cream fridge had old goo 6 centimetres thick at the bottom. Some of the food was prepared in Gus’s domestic kitchen in Braddon and brought in in the back of his old van, slopping around in plastic buckets. Some of the “European specialty” food e.g. stews was from big oblong out-of-date tins – stamped with dates ten years old – the type you opened with a kind of winding key. I reckon he bought bulk loads of old army rations.
Gus was a piece of work!

Not to mention his pedophile activities with under age girls whilst at the same time displaying a Festival of Light poster in his cafe (“Moral pollution needs a solution”) and writing to The Canberra Times calling for the banning of X-rated videos. Also his letter in The Canberra Times in 1989 claiming that the Tianenmen Square massacre didn’t happen.

Diggety 7:04 pm 10 Mar 12

I don’t understand why Governments should be able to close down a business. Notice of revolting practice, blah blah blah, yeah sure.

Just put the notice up and let customers decide for themselves. It would do some regulars to build up their immune system with a few of Gus’ toenails in your Supergay Soy Latte.

Merle 6:55 pm 10 Mar 12

I refer to that whole arcade of cafes (Gus’s, Essen, MyCafe, Milk & Honey etc.) as cockroach alley. The last time I was in M&H I spotted three of them running around on the floor under the tables, and had one crawl up the wall beside me in Essen.

Pork Hunt 5:59 pm 10 Mar 12

TheDancingDjinn said :

TheDancingDjinn said :

madamcholet said :

Interesting that two Canberra “institutions” have been caught in recent times! Never been there myself, but have heard people mention it as if it is the holy grail.

Same, every second person i knew had a love for Gus’s as if it were heaven – so i went one day. It was horrible!! – i don’t know why people thought it was great. Coffee was disgusting and the food worse – i didn’t finish either and had to pay an arm and a leg for it – never again! – glad i like the way i make my own coffee at home hehe

I added an extra s in”Gus’ ” there by accident – don’t get your grammer nazi knickers in a twist 😛

You spelled ‘grammar’ incorrectly…

c_c 1:04 pm 10 Mar 12

About time too. My Cafe in Manuka is absolutely no surprise, though what is surprising is that it was so popular. The dangerous practices there were very evident, guess people just don’t look close enough.

Gus too was plainly in a bad way. I recall a couple of reviews referring to stale food and have never heard anyone say something good about the coffee. Have read a few suggestions that the coffee machine hasn’t been cleaned since Gus was still around.

TheDancingDjinn 12:11 pm 10 Mar 12

TheDancingDjinn said :

madamcholet said :

Interesting that two Canberra “institutions” have been caught in recent times! Never been there myself, but have heard people mention it as if it is the holy grail.

Same, every second person i knew had a love for Gus’s as if it were heaven – so i went one day. It was horrible!! – i don’t know why people thought it was great. Coffee was disgusting and the food worse – i didn’t finish either and had to pay an arm and a leg for it – never again! – glad i like the way i make my own coffee at home hehe

I added an extra s in”Gus’ ” there by accident – don’t get your grammer nazi knickers in a twist 😛

TheDancingDjinn 12:08 pm 10 Mar 12

madamcholet said :

Interesting that two Canberra “institutions” have been caught in recent times! Never been there myself, but have heard people mention it as if it is the holy grail.

Same, every second person i knew had a love for Gus’s as if it were heaven – so i went one day. It was horrible!! – i don’t know why people thought it was great. Coffee was disgusting and the food worse – i didn’t finish either and had to pay an arm and a leg for it – never again! – glad i like the way i make my own coffee at home hehe

I-filed 11:27 am 10 Mar 12

Dark rumours? Facts.
Gus used to bring his Alsatian dogs in to the arcade next to the cafe, and openly play with them in front of patrons, sticking his hands into their slavering mouths. Then he would walk straight into the kitchen and handle someone’s toasted sandwich.
I suspect he had an “arrangement” with the health inspectors, because the filth in that place would make your hair stand on end – e.g. the ice cream fridge had old goo 6 centimetres thick at the bottom. Some of the food was prepared in Gus’s domestic kitchen in Braddon and brought in in the back of his old van, slopping around in plastic buckets. Some of the “European specialty” food e.g. stews was from big oblong out-of-date tins – stamped with dates ten years old – the type you opened with a kind of winding key. I reckon he bought bulk loads of old army rations.
Gus was a piece of work!

lob 10:57 am 10 Mar 12

Hey, isn’t Gus owned by the same morons who booted out the owners of All bar Nun and opened Duxton’s recently?

Luckily I only ever had coffee at Gus once about two years ago after my wife and I worked while looking over their menu that a couple of drinks [not that they had any good beers on offer] and burgers followed by two coffees would come to about $70. Happy to pay this and more at a good restaurant like Grazing (where they have Zeirholz on tap), but at a pathetic little cafe where the waiter walks around showing bum crack? Coffee was crap btw. Was our 1st and last visit.

schmeah 10:55 am 10 Mar 12

YES! finally! I never understood why people continued to patron Gus’ .. I went there twice, the last time was when my meal got served with ‘additional’ animals .. (the critter variety). urk.

madamcholet 10:22 am 10 Mar 12

Interesting that two Canberra “institutions” have been caught in recent times! Never been there myself, but have heard people mention it as if it is the holy grail.

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