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Australian pie shop heads for Asia

Sydney pie shop Harry’s Cafe de Wheels is planning an expansion to Asia.

Michael Hannah, a former Vietnam soldier who bought Harry’s Cafe de Wheels in 1988, is flying to the Philippines to talk with an investor in Manila who hopes to open shops within 12 shopping centres.

“The guy in Manila wants to establish a bakery up there too,” Hannah said. “But we’re still in talks about that. I don’t see why we can’t produce the pies here.”

Hannah will also meet an American conglomerate to talk about opening in the US.

Harry’s Cafe de Wheels was founded by Harry ‘Tiger’ Edwards in 1938 as caravan cafe in the waterfront suburb of Woolloomooloo, close to Sydney’s CBD. It currently has 10 franchised stores.

The shop is known for ‘Tiger Pie’ dish, a type of Australian meat pie named after the founder of Harry’s, and its mushy peas.

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