Regular customers flock to restaurant for three meals a day

Customer service: Chef Akkie Yooiam waits for his most regular customers to arrive at the restaurant - two magpies that visit three times a day. Picture: Amy Paton

Customer service: Chef Akkie Yooiam waits for his most regular customers to arrive at the restaurant - two magpies that visit three times a day. Picture: Amy Paton

It seems even magpies like to eat three meals a day.

Ronnie Knackstedt, who owns Warrnambool’s Siamese Thai restaurant, says the two magpies that visit her shop three times a day are her most regular customers.

For the past five years the birds have been dropping by when the shop opens around midday. They will then return about 3pm and 6pm.

Akkie Yooiam, who is the restaurant’s chef, said he remembers when the birds started regularly visiting and hanging around the front of the shop. So one day he decided to feed them. 

“First time it was hard. They were not used to it and wouldn’t come close to you,” he said. 

“Now I open the door and crouch down and they come in.”

The magpies will now eat out of their hand.

Akkie said the birds must have a nest nearby.

Ronnie Knackstedt with one of their regular customers.

Ronnie Knackstedt with one of their regular customers.

There used to be three birds but one recently stopped coming.

That bird had one leg that was shorter than the other and walked with a limp.

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