Mr. Frank Vaiana, better known as “Frank the Barber”, this year celebrates 59 years of continuous service in the East End – what a fabulous story in its own right. Starting on East Terrace in 1957, Frank then traded from 3 separate shops on Rundle Street for 41 years before moving into his new premises in 1998 at 16 Vardon Avenue where he still trades from today.
Recently, through an Adelaide Fringe Festival initiative, local artist Nick Phillips produced an amazing giant mural of our beloved Frank on a red brick wall in the small laneway between Rundle Street and Vardon Avenue (bordered by Cocolat, Mother Vine and Blackwood/Orana Restaurants).
On Monday 18 April, Maras Group, Frank’s long standing landlord, was thrilled to host a function to officially unveil the “Frank” mural and also to name the laneway (a private laneway) in Frank’s honour, as “Frank’s Lane” – preside over by The Lord Mayor Martin Haese. We had drinks and service generously provided by East End Cellars, The Tasting Room and Mother Vine and delicious nibbles supplied by Nola, Eros Kafe, Chopstix & Blackwood Restaurant.
See the photos from the unveiling night on the scrolling image above, where we surprised Frank with a celebration surrounded by his loyal East End neighbours, family, friends and customers.