After 26 years at the helm, Stuart and Evol Hancock, left, are handing over the reins at Hanks Kitchen to Christina and Aaron H
After 26 years at the helm, Stuart and Evol Hancock, left, are handing over the reins at Hanks Kitchen to Christina and Aaron H

Hanks handover; recipes, green bags stay on the menu

By ALLIRA NEWTON

Work experience student

IT MAY be the end of an era, but the recipes will stay the same.

Evol and Stuart Hancock, who have owned Hanks Kitchen in Prince Street, Grafton, for the past 26 years, have sold it to their eldest son Aaron Hancock and his wife Christina.

Despite selling the business, Evol said she and her husband had no plans to stop working and were planning to invest in a shop at Yamba.

"We are just ready for a change," Evol said.

And although Evol may be ready for a change, new owner Christina said nothing at Hanks would be altered.

"We're happy with the way things are running," she said.

Not only is the food to remain unchanged, so too are the distinctive green paper bags which Evol picked out when the shop first opened.

"The green bags have been great advertising. I picked out the colour and design. That green was just a big colour when I picked them (and) everyone has a big interest in them," she said.

Evol said Aaron and Christina had been 'basically running the shop' for the past few years and was confident they would do a good job.

Hanks was opened in 1979 while the Hancocks still owned a Yamba bakery, which they sold the next year.

New owner Aaron has been working at the business for about 13 years and has been head baker for the past five.

"Even though we've sold the shop I'll still be there over the next few months helping out Aaron and Christina," Evol said.



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