Meet a Trader: Maria – Zelena Cafe Bar & Restaurant


Maria started in the beauty industry – as a Hairdresser. Customer service was her starting point.
Marias father Bill had always been in and around the food industry for all of his life. Maria was always helping and working with him whenever it was required. She loved cooking for others, she enjoys making others happy when they eat her food.
For 30 years Maria was back and forth between the two industries,

When Maria was 22 years old she came across a young gentleman called Stan, Maria knew it was love at first sight, Stan and his extended family were also in the food industry so they had the love of food in common.

DREAMS ! – Can they come True?

A long time dream for Stan and Maria was to one day open their own Family Restaurant – They loved the European Cuisine of flatbread, quesadilla and rice dishes, the olives, eggplants, cucumbers, tomatoes, fetta and beans the culture of Greek Food. Italian Deep fried Donuts, Zeppole, cannoli, biscotti, semifreddo Italian Patisserie – they loved the cafe style of Restaurants. They dreamed of having an Outdoor area that could be used for functions and have that extra space , bring a little of some other cultures and jon them into one place …… Dreams do come true !

Zena and Eleana and the two daughters of Stan and Maria – ZELENA was named!

Maria is passionate about serving quality food for every meal, she likes to use local produce as much as she can, if it is in seaseon she will use it. She is very fussy with food, she lieks the right amount of everything, if she dosnt like it, it dosn’t go onto the menu. Maria likes bringing something new to the Main Street of Croydon, she enjoys making others happy with Food!

Zelena is a 120 seat restaurant with both inside and outside dining options availbale. There is also a space for functions on the back deck area, suitable for Birthdays, celebrations and events.
Zelenas is a Fully licensed premises. Lots of regulars come to Zelenas, clubs come for meetings who book out the back deck for breakfast or lunches.

What is the most popular dish ?

The number 1 best seller is the Zucchini Fritters. While I was there talking with Maria – I did bump into Sanda a 5 year regular customer who did say her favorite was the pancakes, walnut cake abnd nutella donuts.

Motto of Zelena – ‘Passion for the Food’

Treat yourself to a Breakfast or Lunch at Zelenas Cafe Bar & Restaurant – You will not regret the decision and I can guarantee you will be a return customer.

Zelena Cafe Bar & Restaurant
152 Main Street
Phone 9725 0012

Monday – 8.00 am – 3.00 pm
Tuesday – 8.00 am – 3.00 pm
Wednesday – 8.00 am – 3.00 pm
Thursday – 8.00 am – 3.00 pm
Friday – 8.00 am – 3.00 pm
Saturday – 8.00 am – 3.00 pm
Sunday – 8.00 am – 3.00 pm