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Tributes flow for Kirra restaurant owner Nick Vasilaras

Nick Vasilaras, at Cafe Fresh Lounge Bar, passed away this week.
Nick Vasilaras, at Cafe Fresh Lounge Bar, passed away this week. Blainey Woodham

KIRRA suffered a tragic loss this week with the passing of restaurateur Nick Vasilaras.

Just three months ago, The Cafe Fresh and Shinsen Restaurant owner spoke to the Tweed Daily News about the brain cancer he'd been fighting for almost two years.

On Wednesday morning, Mr Vasilaras lost his battle.

It's understood Mr Vasilaras became a client of hospitality network Crave Gold Coast about a year ago.

A spokeswoman for the group said they'd only met Mr Vasilaras a few times, but he'd left a huge mark on their lives.

"Nick was a very passionate, caring man who at times was intimidating, but only because of how honest he was and how he felt towards things he loved," she said.

"Overall, his passion for charities, food, business and his family and friends really was why so many admired him and loved him."

She said their thoughts were with Nick's family and friends and the team at Cafe Fresh and Shinsen Restaurant.

"He will be sadly missed by all those who met him," she said.

"The Gold Coast has lost a great man and restaurateur."

In February, Mr Vasilaras spoke of his long-term battle with a tumour, which led to a quarter of his brain being removed.

While it hasn't been proven, Mr Vasilaras was adamant excessive mobile phone use was a leading cause of his cancer.

He said while doctors couldn't prove it, a lengthy legal waiver built into many smartphones was a big red flag.

Mr Vasilaras started the Dine Handsfree Foundation to help raise awareness and funds for brain cancer research.

A major fundraiser was scheduled to be held at his restaurant on June 28.

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