Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia, 2nd Nov 2022 – Evil Eye Cafe is Australia’s only Evil Eye-themed cafe. It was established in 2020 in Fairy Meadow (Wollongong region), NSW. In the latest development, due to its unique theme and exclusive services, it goes viral amongst its customers. Kayahan Curtis Gunes developed it. An ex-cop turned cafe owner.
Lately, the cafe has been established as an instant success with customers visiting from all over Australia. The success of this cafe within a short period sparked a flame within Kayahan Curtis Gunes to grow and expand the business. Also, an ex-cop turned cafe owner has gone viral on social media after starting a TikTok and Instagram to take his followers behind the scenes of life at his cafe.
Furthermore, recently Evil Eye Cafe opened a second store, “Evil Eye Beach Cafe,” in 2021, situated alongside the beautiful harbor of Wollongong during the COVID-19 lockdown. Kayahan Curtis Gunes resigned from the police force in 2021 to grow the family business and pursue his dreams of creating a well-known brand. The second store was just as successful as the first, with customers flocking from all over Sydney, Melbourne, and Australia.
With many followers and likes on TikTok and Instagram, Wollongong local Kayahan Curtis Gunes credits the success of his cafes to social media. Kayahan Gunes explained his recent development:
“Like most people, I started to post on social media to gain more exposure for my business.The videos that I like to film are coffee or hospitality related, but also humorous and something the public can relate to. I chose Instagram and TikTok as my main platforms, because I know they are used by a lot of people. Viral marketing is also very much alive on these platforms.”
Several of Kayahan Gunes’ videos and posts have gone viral after his marketing strategy. He further stated,
“One of my videos that has gone viral is where I am seen in my police uniform, before and transitioning to working in my coffee shop and running my own business. Customers always come in and say they’ve seen me on TikTok and love my videos. I often get recognised in the street, and people come up to say hello and ask to take photos with me.”
Evil Eye Cafe is a modern restaurant. From the moment a customer walks into Evil Eye Cafe, the colors, decor, and music will take away to the Mediterranean. From their all-day breakfast and lunch menu, enjoy mouth-watering food, drinks, and dessert from their extensive cake display. At the same time, people want some shopping from its Evil Eye shop, where they will find the most comprehensive range of gift and homeware items (main store Fairy Meadow location).
About the Company – Evil Eye Cafe
Kayahan-Curtis Gunes and his father, Steve Gunes, created a restaurant business called ‘Evil Eye Cafe,’ which was directly inspired by his Turkish background and the influence of Evil Eye pendants.
About the Founder – Kayahan Curtis Gunes
Kayahan Gunes is an emerging entrepreneur and founder of Evil Eye Cafe. He started his career as a police officer, following in his mother’s footsteps. After eight months of training in Goulburn, he graduated from the academy and began his policing career in St George.
After two years working in the police force, though, he realized the business was where his passion indeed was. Having already graduated from the University of Wollongong with a Bachelor of Business in 2017, he decided to finally pursue his dream of owning his own business with his father, Steve.
Kayahan Gunes opened his first cafe in 2020 in Fairy Meadow, named the Evil Eye Cafe. he chose the name and theme because of his strong ties to his Turkish heritage. The cafe is believed to protect against supernatural curses and malice. Soon after its launched, restaurant had people from all over Australia to experience its distinctive décor and delicious menu of Turkish and Mediterranean-inspired delights.
Kayahan Gunes and Steve then opened their second cafe – The Evil Eye Beach Cafe – in the Wollongong Harbour in 2021 during the COVID-19 lockdown. Over the coming years, Kayahan Gunes hopes to continue growing his Evil Eye Cafe franchise by opening more cafes throughout New South Wales, Queensland, and Victoria.
For further queries and more information about the Evil Eye Cafe and Kayahan Gunes, visit the following links:
Kayahan Gunes | Evil Eye Cafe | Instagram | TIKTOK
Organization: Evil Eye Cafe
Contact Person: Kayahan Curtis Gunes
State: New South Wales
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