A lifetime as a pizza man
WAYNE Taylor has worked less ever since he had children, but only a little less.
He can be seen six or seven days a week at his pizza shop, which lights up Portland’s Bentinck St in the evening, and brightens the lives of busy families or visitors looking for a tasty dinner.
Mr Taylor started working at pizza shops after school in his original hometown of Warrnambool until his employer, Bojangles, decided to branch out into Portland, and he moved to the city to work here.
Their Portland business operated from 1982 out of a Julia St premises (next door to current cafe Lido Larder), but it became too much for its owners to manage two shops.
Aged just 19, Mr Taylor decided to buy the shop with the help of a loan from his father.
The business has had several name changes, with the most prominent branding Pink Panther Pizzas, accompanied by a bright pink painting effort on the building.
In 1998, the business became Beach House Pizzas, and it has retained that name ever since.
In 2000, a bigger shop became available on Bentinck St, which directly overlooks Portland’s foreshore, so Mr Taylor moved the business there.