The landscape along Great Northern Highway is ever-changing as progress is made on the Northlink Project, and you may notice the absence of the iconic Tony’s Place, near Wandena Road in the upcoming weeks.
For many years Tony’s Place was a stopping point for country travellers on the Great Northern Highway. Tony and Carmelina Nesci built the shop in 1969 on the edge of their property Nesci Estate to sell wine and produce from their farm. It was one of the first shops in the region to sell Italian-style continental rolls and other European products to hungry drivers.
The land on which Tony’s Place rests has been reclaimed by Main Roads WA for the Northlink project and the building has started to be deconstructed. Rather than simply demolishing the building, Tony and Carmelina’s son, Kevin Nesci, is carefully taking apart the building to reconstruct it on the grounds of Nesci Estate Wine Farm.
An important piece of his family history, the building was designed by Kevin’s uncle Laurie Maiolo. Although emotional about seeing the old building go, he is looking forward to seeing the shop reborn into a new venture on the other side of the fence.
Nesci Estate Wine Farm will again be hosting the Shire of Chittering’s signature event A Taste of Chittering in August. You can also visit them on Saturday and Sundays from 12-5pm.