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Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on June 11, 2017


The owners of a new cafe that will open in the new building on the corner of Pakenham and Bannister streets have applied for a parklet in Pakenham.

I honestly do not understand why anyone would want to open a new cafe in the Fremantle West End as there is an abundance of them and some don’t do too well, as the recent closure of The Banker cafe in High Street showed.

Nairn Street already has The Loft and the Stable Hand cafe and the latter is often near empty when I walk by. Pakenham has four hospitality outlets, plus the Chats cafe/bar on the corner of High Street.

There are already three parklets in Pakenham Street, a lovely one at Bread in Common, one at the Fremantle Hostel and one at the Natural Light cafe and most of them are rarely used. That is also the case at Lapas next to the National Hotel where the alfresco parklet is mostly vacant.

The owner of the tiny Ghetto Blaster cafe in Pakenham Street told me a few months ago he would also apply for a parklet.

I absolutely get and see the attraction of parklets, but the problem is that they are not used often enough by patrons to install more.

Parklets mean fewer parking bays and less parking revenue for the City of Fremantle, so a compromise has to be found that works better.

Roel Loopers


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  1. freoview said, on June 12, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    They do have to pay I believe it is $ 8.000 and then yearly for the alfresco.


  2. Suzanne said, on June 12, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    If I had a cafe I would also petition for a parklet. All of that extra land to seat extra clientele and I dont even have to buy it.
    I presume one pays to lease the space but that’s a far cheaper option to extend my boundaries than cold hard cash. Once the first parklet was granted of course everyone jumped onto the bandwagon.

  3. freoview said, on June 12, 2017 at 10:22 am

    Yes you are right that it is the Attic and not the Loft. I always get that wrong.


  4. Caroline said, on June 11, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    I walk about Freo daily and see a new cafe
    open almost daily and worry for the younger favourites like the friendly Cafe 37 in the PSA Gallery and that one hidden behind Kakulas Sister who opened before it became far too common to open one. It is time to put a stop to more unless one closes. In the old days you were not allowed to compete with an existing business in the same or close block and that should happen again. The parklets shoukd not block vision no.

  5. Samson said, on June 11, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    Firstly its the corner of Bannister St and secondly its The Attic Cafe not the loft. I believe the new cafe on the corner is going to be called Cos Baby and is a salad cafe. In other Bannister St news the building next to stablehands cafe is also about to become you guessed it another health food cafe, but with health treatment rooms out the back. I think the guy from moore and moore is involved as I have seen him scoping the place out (i live next door).

  6. Rob Fittock said, on June 11, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    to hazard a guess it’s how the operator operates to be better than the operator next door and it becomes the survival of the more innovative operator….or the fastest if applied to survival in the animal kingdom

    but do the shadier green parklets work better than the more stark industrial looking parklets?

    ….and cars should no longer dominate the streetscape and trees should be dotted around the West End!

  7. freoview said, on June 11, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    Yes good point about the view to the left Pete, as it is not even easy now when just cars are parked there.


  8. Pete said, on June 11, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    The new cafe will be at 50 Pakenham St (corner of Bannister St). The gossip suggests it might be a vegetarian cafe. However, I agree that Pakenham St does not need another parklet. Also the T corner in question requires a clear left side view for cars turning right into one-way Pakenham St … a parklet there might obstruct the view. A vegetarian cafe sounds great though and good luck to them !

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