Soul By The Sea

In 2003, Diggies popped up at Wollongong’s North Beach following a painstaking restoration of the iconic 1930s Art Deco Kiosk by the local Crinis family.

Serving fresh food and great coffee with coastal vibes, Diggies quickly became a favourite for local families, the active North Beach community, and committed fans of brunch.

Original Co-founder, Stan Crinis, is amazingly proud of Diggies for serving top-quality, local produce. Passionate about health, fitness, and our beautiful beach, Diggies is proud to support and nourish the Illawarra Community.

Diggies has just opened a second venue boasting stunning coastal views, located close to the iconic Kiama Blowhole.

Our Team

What started with a coffee machine and vision over 15 years ago has grown to become a Wollongong institution. The Diggies team now numbers over 90 like-minded people who are passionate about fresh produce, creating experiences and excellent service.

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“Diggies has always reflected the best of the Illawarra - fresh food and beach vibes delivered with a smile”

Stan Crinis
Founder, GM & Creative Director
Stan Crinis

After spending his youth in the water and on the sand at North Beach, Stan established Diggies in 2004 with his family - well-known for selling fresh fruit and veg in Wollongong for over 40 years. 

He entered hospitality after a successful career as a creative specializing in branding for design agencies like Moon and M&C Saatchi. His personal experience in creating experiences via design combined with the family history in fresh produce and Diggies was born.

Stan and his brother Aaron’s hope was to create a hub for North’s active, creative and inspiring beach community. From the beginning, the vision for Diggies was that it distilled the essence of beach living – relaxed, breezy, sun-filled and friendly.

In 2012 he co-founded Dagwood Bar + Kitchen, giving it a playful and irreverent brand identity that has become a fixture on the Gong food scene. And most recently, he opened the second Diggies venue in Kiama next to the iconic Blowhole.

Stan’s deep love of Wollongong somehow doesn’t extend to the NRL where he barracks for the perennially cheating Balmain Tigers.

Morgan Crinis
Marketing & Events Manager
Morgan Crinis

‘Morgs’ grew up in another beloved Illawarra restaurant – Ruby’s – carrying plates as soon as she could walk. Following a successful Marketing career working with retail brands like Westfield, she returned to Wollongong to join husband Stan in running the marketing and events for Diggies.

Morgan is a passionate foodie whose greatest professional pleasure is throwing a successful event. She’s also the committed Mum to three of Diggies’ most loyal little ones – Edison, Jemima and Vivienne, and is subsequently a huge coffee fan.

Karin McDowell
HR & Office Manager
Karin McDowell
Camellia Bizimovski
Marketing Coordinator
Camellia Bizimovski
Lachlan Houghton
Kiama Head Chef
Lachlan Houghton

Lachie's culinary journey has taken him all across Australia, from embracing local and sustainable dining at Elements of Byron and Three Blue Ducks to delivering fine dining experiences in Melbourne at Vue De Monde.

At the heart of Lachie’s work lies a passion for farm to table, local and sustainable cooking, reducing waste, single use plastic and harsh chemicals from the kitchen workplace. Lachie loves to adapt to the seasons and allow the land to dictate the menu for him, rather than the other way around.

Lachie has fallen for beautiful Kiama, as we know you will his food.

Passion, Love And Smiles

Our team is what makes Diggies special. Over 70 awesome souls who love to create amazing vibes with a smile. If this sounds like you, drop us a line.