Harry’s Cafe de Wheels, one of Sydney’s most iconic eateries, is reportedly set to roll into Queensland.
Harry’s Cafe de Wheels was most recently in the headlines when The Bachelor contestant Laurina Fleure burst out in tears after being taken to the van for a date by Blake Garvey.
“Everyone else gets Ferraris, super yachts and private jets,” she bawled, “and I get a dirty street pie.”
The clip went viral immediately, as Harry’s fans launched a passionate defence of the historic eatery.
— Harry'sCafedeWheels (@HarrysCafeDW) September 4, 2014
The first Harry’s pie cart opened in Woolloomooloo in 1938, and has since expanded out to 10 more locations around Sydney. That original pie cart is now on display in the Powerhouse Museum.
Most famous for its “tiger pie” (a type of meat pie named after the cart’s original owner, Harry ‘Tiger’ Edwards), the cart soon became a magnet for visiting celebrities.
The likes of Frank Sinatra, Robert Mitchum and Marlene Dietrich were among the first big names to pay a visit to Harry’s. In 1974, KFC’s own Colonel Sanders stopped in at Harry’s; the story goes that he ate three ‘pies and peas’ while leaning on his walking stick. A picture of Sanders taken during his visit still hangs at Harry’s today.
Elton John had a press conference inside Harry’s to promote a tour in the ’70s; Rockmelons frontman Peter Blakeley featured Harry’s on the cover of his solo album, Harry’s Cafe de Wheels, in 1989; and Rupert Murdoch had pallets of Harry’s pies shipped to Los Angeles in 1991 for an Aussie-themed Oscars party.
In 2004, the National Trust classified Harry’s as a “quintessential Sydney icon”.
Now, for the first time, Harry’s is reportedly headed north, with owner Michael Hannah telling News Limited that a local businessman has floated plans to open three Harry’s vans in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast.
Mr Hannah said Harry’s Queensland expansion is moving ahead rapidly, with plans to establish a bakery and have the first pie vans running before winter.
Are you excited for Harry’s to come to Queensland, or would you still go elsewhere for your “dirty street pies”? Let us know in the comments below!