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Posted in city of fremantle, esplanade reserve, food, hospitality, local government by freoview on October 7, 2016

The City of Fremantle will be spending an estimated $ 700,000 on building a new hospitality venue for the new Esplanade Hub near the railway line and ferris wheel, while telling the owners of the long-established Carriage Cafe to close business by the end of April 2019 and demolish or dismantle the building and pack it up.

The FPOL Committee of Council will on Wednesday debate to lease the new building to  Park Burger, the preferred tenderer out of three, for between $ 150-250 per square metre per annum. The new burger restaurant “Will be set in an architecturally significant building” according to CoF documents, and will be 250-350 square metres large.

The building will run on “green power” and the operators might grow organic products on and around the building. They will also seek to acquire a liquor license.

It will be managed and operated by a team of professionals with extensive hospitality experience in WA and Fremantle, but the documents do not disclose who these people are. My  guess is that they will include Fishing Boat Harbour operators getting a bit more of the hospitality share in Freo.

The entertainment section for the hub was also tendered for and the preferred tenderer is the Tourist Wheel that is already there, so nothing new in that regard.

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  1. suzanne said, on October 8, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    The bullies have been constantly threatening that icon, the brilliant, uniquely Freo Carriage Cafe.
    Amazing excuses like tree danger to customers. (don’t worry about the kids at the nearby playground, also under trees.)
    So are we now to have a boring new building, with the usual Freo Council obligatory booze, taking up even more of The Esplanade.
    That greenie council, hates grass and nature.
    The Carriage Cafe is adored by tourists, and of course the ratepayers and residents, but the wishes of the latter have long been ignored by the council.

  2. freoview said, on October 8, 2016 at 10:31 am

    but they will do early dinners for families.

    I agree though. Why does there have to be alcohol everywhere?


  3. gnangarra said, on October 8, 2016 at 10:29 am

    to quote “They will also seek to acquire a liquor license” says alot about their burgers that they want to sell booze there, why cant the esplande be kept alcohol free and family friendly you dont need to sell overpriced alcohol and food to make a dollar

  4. Caroline said, on October 8, 2016 at 8:40 am

    Fancy that when a few years ago the council were knocking back plans for modest changes to the Carriage site because it would threaten the Notfolk pines. I am all for green methods but previous plans that this council has passed does not make one think this is going to be aesthetically pleasing or in harmony with the trees….:Why a burger bar anyway? Have too many. I would like a better menu at the Carriage cafe and leave it be.

  5. luggerite said, on October 7, 2016 at 11:26 pm

    The public have voted with their feet in favour of the long-standing Carriage Cafe – what have the FCC voted with against it?

  6. luggerite said, on October 7, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    WHAT have FCC got against the Carriage Cafe? To me it has always had that laid back, quirky heritage vibe which is so quintessentially Freo, yet FCC has a history of trying to get rid of it? It’s also, sadly, now one of the longest standing businesses in Freo when others fall by the wayside – i.e.: proof it offers something that people value and come for. Why specifically kill it to make room for yet another burger bar? This doesn’t compute…

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