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Australia Sisto Malaspina to be honoured with memorial plaque, table in Bourke St

02:45  07 november  2019
02:45  07 november  2019 Source:   theage.com.au

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Sisto Malaspina , who has run Bourke Street ’s Pellegrini’s cafe since 1974, was fatally stabbed by Hassan Khalif Shire Ali on Friday afternoon in what is being treated as a terrorist attack. Pellegrini’s was closed on Saturday morning, as mourners gathered outside. A shrine was set up outside the cafe’s

Tributes have continued to flow for Sisto Malaspina after his death at the hands of the Bourke St Flowers, cards and other tributes continued to be left at the Bourke St cafe on Monday, with the family revealing In honour of Dad’s memory , the wonderful staff at Pellegrini’s are determined to continue his Memorial books on a table offered yet more tales. Some confessed to having never known him

a man sitting at a table in a restaurant: Sisto, with his trademark cravat and smile, in Pellegrini's in 2010.© Joe Armao Sisto, with his trademark cravat and smile, in Pellegrini's in 2010.

Pellegrini's regulars will keep dining with Sisto Malaspina when an outdoor table and memorial plaque to the eatery's beloved former co-owner are unveiled next year.

The City of Melbourne designed the plaque and table to acknowledge the 74-year-old's contribution to the city before he was stabbed to death by a terrorist last November.

Saturday marks one year since Mr Malaspina's death.

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A makeshift memorial outside an iconic Melbourne coffeehouse is still building after restaurateur Sisto Malaspina died just metres away in a terror attack on Bourke Street . Mr Malaspina was walking down Bourke Street , just a few hundred metres from the business he had run for more than 40 years

Sisto Malaspina , killed in Friday's attack, is credited with kickstarting Melbourne's cafe culture. Malaspina was fatally stabbed by Hassan Khalif Shire Ali on Bourke Street on Friday afternoon before police shot Ali, who subsequently died at the Alfred Hospital.

Mr Malaspina's portrait will be etched onto the memorial table, to be erected in Bourke Street, alongside an acknowledgement that "Sisto loved Melbourne - and Melbourne loved him back".

a close up of text on a white background: A plaque for Pellegrini's co-owner Sisto Malaspina.© City of Melbourne A plaque for Pellegrini's co-owner Sisto Malaspina.

His son David Malaspina has negotiated with Pellegrini's co-owner Nino Pangrazio to buy his share of the cafe when he retires.

"I look forward to looking out of the window of Pelligrini’s and watching people learn about Dad while enjoying a coffee at his table," David said.

"Our family is delighted and very proud that Dad’s life will be celebrated with a beautiful artwork that is also very practical. Dad loved nothing more than to sit and have a coffee with our customers, many of whom became life-long friends."

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Mr Malaspina was stabbed to death by lone terrorist Hassan Khalif Shire Ali on Friday evening after the IS -inspired assailant failed to set off an explosion in Bourke Street . This beautiful man. So much love radiating outside Pelligrini’s for Sisto Malaspina , a man who embodied all that makes Melbourne

Sisto Malaspina was a Victorian icon, known and loved by us all. “I think that’s a fantastic idea.” Pellegrini’s remains closed today as flowers and memorial gifts continue to pile up out the front. Melburnians remembering the life of Bourke Street attack victim Sisto Malaspina . @abcmelbourne

The tribute - with a portrait by Melbourne illustrator Oslo Davis - was announced on Thursday after the council abandoned the idea to rename the laneway that corners Pellegrini's in Sisto's honour.

Melbourne lord mayor Sally Capp said: "We met with Sisto’s family to discuss the best way to remember his contribution to Melbourne, and it became clear that creating a space outside Pellegrini’s where people can sit and reflect would be a fitting tribute to his famous sense of hospitality.

"Sisto used to sit, chat to people and watch the world go by out the front of his cafe, and we hope Melburnians will take the time to do the same in his memory."

a store inside of a building: The memorial plaque and table will be fitted outside the cafe.© City of Melbourne The memorial plaque and table will be fitted outside the cafe. Mr Malaspina was walking down Bourke Street to buy chocolates to celebrate the birth of his grandchild when he saw a burning car near Swanston Street and went over to help.

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The State Funeral for Sisto Malaspina will be held at St Patrick's Cathedral in East Melbourne, at 10:30 am on Tuesday 20 November. The Malaspina 's family have thanked the public for their support but have now encouraged people to donate directly to the Salvation Army in-lieu of floral tributes.

Tributes are pouring in for Sisto Malaspina , the 74-year-old owner of Pellegrini’s Espresso Bar who was killed in the Bourke Street attack. Heart broken that we lost such a great man of Pellegrini’s and a friend to so many (including me) Sisto Malaspina , to a senseless act of violence in Melbourne.

He was stabbed and died at the scene from blood loss, as his attacker was shot down by police.

The plaque reads: "The outpouring of grief that followed Sisto Malaspina's death during a terror-related incident in Bourke Street would have surprised Sisto more than anyone else. Yet the response made sense: Sisto loved Melbourne - and Melbourne loved him back.

"Sisto was a local icon. Co-owner of Pellegrini's Espresso Bar since 1974, he served his customers daily with style, humour and great coffee. His signature blend included a neckerchief and loud yet strangely tasteful shirts, teamed with a winning smile and a gift for remembering both the famous and the not-so-famous.

a group of people in front of a brick building: Melbourne covered the cafe with flowers in the days after the 74-year-old's death.© Eddie Jim Melbourne covered the cafe with flowers in the days after the 74-year-old's death.

"On his last day, 9 November 2018, Sisto was off to buy chocolates for staff to celebrate the birth of his third grandchild. His love lives on."

Mr Malaspina migrated to Australia from Italy in the 1960s and bought Pellegrini's with Mr Pangrazio in 1974. Its success was intertwined with his generosity and personality.

"Sisto was central to the wonderful experience of visiting Pellegrini's, so it’s fitting that his welcoming smile will become a permanent feature in our city," Cr Capp said.

"Many locals and visitors will remember their own connection to Sisto and Pellegrini’s at the memorial table."

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