Melbourne cafe owner identified as victim of Bourke Street terror attack

William West  AFP  Getty Images Sisto Malaspina at Pellegrini’s Expresso Bar in 2010

William West AFP Getty Images Sisto Malaspina at Pellegrini’s Expresso Bar in 2010

The owner of Bourke Street's Pellegrini's Espresso Bar, Sisto Malaspina, has been identified as the victim of Friday's Bourke Street attack.

"Each customer of Dad's was given the same respect and service regardless of their standing in society".

Mr Malaspina's family has today accepted an offer by Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews for a State funeral which is expected to be held next week.

"He was a distinctly recognisable figure in his colourful choice of clothing and his flamboyant personality".

The enduring cornerstone of Melbourne's CBD closed following Sisto's tragic death, which sparked an outpouring of emotion from Melburnians far and wide, all of whom heaped universal praise on the beloved restauranteur.

"To him everyone was special".

Mr Dutton said authorities did not believe Shire Ali was a member of Islamic State and was not known as being an imminent risk. "To us he was just a lovely man, a loving husband and a doting father". Malaspina's family yesterday issued a statement thanking people for the gifts, pledging to donate all flowers left at the venue to local hospitals and nursing homes to "give joy to others".

Andrews offered the family a state funeral following the devastating tragedy and released a statement at the time, saying: "On behalf of the Victorian Government, I offer my honest condolences to Mr Malaspina's beloved family and friends".

Ideas are being considered for a lasting tribute to Mr Malaspina including renaming the laneway next to Pellegrini's Espresso Bar, which he co-owned.

It comes four days after Mr Malaspina was killed in the Bourke Street attack.

The Lakeside Joondalup cafe is offering free long blacks throughout Tuesday and has encouraged customers to participate to show their respect.

"Our lasting tribute to Sisto will be to continue to serve the people of Melbourne and others from around the country and other parts of the world with whom we have shared much happiness over the decades and now share our grief".

"It was just natural for him to jump into action", she said.

"You always looked after us like family". The family worked hard to take him to the doctor to be diagnosed but he said no and wouldn't co-operate.

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