Mar 23 2012 by Edwin Lawrence, Ayrshire Post (main ed)
Globetrotter Nino has the whole world in his Ayr cafe
HE’S played football for Red Star Belgrade.
He’s made cappuccinos for movie star Sandra Bullock.
And he’s been round the world at least three times.
Now he’s running a café in Ayr.
A bit of a comedown, you might think.
But Nino Pajovic and wife Karen are delighted to be in the heart of the Auld Toun.
And a host of customers and friends helped them re-launch their Café Le Mondé business in Newmarket Street.
Paisley-born Karen has also done some incredible things in her life.
She has bag-packed in Hawaii. And she’s been serenaded by Sir Cliff Richard.
The couple met in Rio when both were working on a luxurious cruise ship.
Nino, 44, was restaurant manager and Karen, 43, was a beauty therapist with Seabourn, who have a fleet of smaller more luxurious ships.
“It’s all about service,” says Nino. “And attention to detail,” adds Karen.
And that’s very much their philosophy with Café Le Mondé.
You might not get a waiter in Bermuda shorts serving you caviar, as happens aboard a Seabourn ship.
But you will get a steaming hot coffee or bowl of soup – and great service.
Nino and Karen built up a lot of loyal customers when they had the Strawberry Cushion café in Troon.
And many of them now pop into the Café le Mondé when in Ayr.
Among them are Olympic boxing champ Dick McTaggart and wife Doreen.
Also Rangers starlet Jamie Ness and girlfriend Heather Weir.
Councillor Elaine Little did the official opening by cutting a ribbon.
Belgrade-born Nino says he’s delighted with the welcome from other businesses in Newmarket Street.
And he’s found himself chatting in Greek to Wee Windaes boss Jim McSherry.
For both Nino and Jim had a spell playing football in Cyprus.
Nino and Karen are also over-the-moon with Ayr tradesman Alan Blacklaw, who transformed the premises when it was closed for a week for refurbishment.
“You would think in a recession businesses would be lining up to get work.
“But it was incredibly difficult to get someone,” said Karen.
“However we were delighted to get Alan, who worked day and night to get the job done on time.”
Customers were knocking on the café door on the morning it re-opened.
So Nino and Karen’s quality of service is certainly appreciated.