COUNCIL LIFELINE FOR ESPLANADE CARRIAGE CAFE
Fremantle Council threw a lifeline at the Esplanade Carriage Cafe owners by deferring the part of the committee recommendation that Council intends to end the lease for them on April 30, 2019.
Councillors Strachan, Waltham and Hume questioned if it was good use of ratepayers’ money to build a new hospitality venue to accommodate a burger restaurant. Councillor Ingrid Waltham believed the Carriage could be relocated to another location on the Esplanade, while Mayor Brad Pettitt said he had a soft spot for the Carriage.
Council did accept the George Kailis owned Parklife as the preferred proposal for a hamburger restaurant in the to be built new venue.
I hope Council will learn from the mistakes made by Cottesloe Council and the Indiana Teahouse where public toilet issues have been a serious concern for many years and resulted in many disagreements between the the city and the restaurant operators.
I believe a relocation of the carriage cafe building to the front of the Shipwreck Museum might be a better idea than relocating it on the Esplanade, or alternatively it could fit in very well on the reserve at J Shed at Bathers Beach.
One big worry though is that former owner Kel Smith, who built the Carriage, claims it can’t be relocated because the base of it is too entangled with the root system of the surrounding trees.