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THE REPUBLIC OF FREMANTLE

 

An application for a tavern and gin distillery at 3 Pakenham Street in Fremantle’s historic West End will be considered at Wednesday’s Planning Committee.

The Republic of Fremantle would occupy the former warehouse, that was most recently used as a cafe and photographic gallery, and accommodate up to 350 patrons, including 28 in the alfresco parklet.

Ground level would have a bar, kitchen and toilets, while the mezzanine level would be for a bar and lounge function area.

The operators want to conduct gin distillery tours and classes.

Food would be available during all operating hours of the tavern, up to one hour prior to closing time, which would be Monday to Friday 11am to midnight and Saturday and Sundays 9 am to midnight.

There would be 20-25 staff employed in the tavern and two in the distillery.

I believe this would be a very good new addition to the West End and help the much-desired evening activation of the area.

Roel Loopers

 

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BOOKS AND WINE A MARRIAGE MADE IN HEAVEN

Posted in bar, BOOKS, city of fremantle, hospitality, reading, Uncategorized by freoview on June 26, 2018

 

The book club at my favourite Fremantle small bar STRANGE COMPANY is back and starting this evening

Back for its second year, Strange Editions is a winter book club at Strange Company on the last Tuesday of each month. A local author will sit down to discuss their most recent book over a nice glass of wine or two.

This year’s line-up is:

26 June                      Susan Midalia: The Art of Persuasion
31 July                       Bill Lawrie & Claire Moodie: Freo Groove
28 August                  AJ Betts: Hive
25 September          Carrie Cox: Afternoons with Harvey Beam

The series will be hosted by The West Australian arts writer and Perth Festival Writers’ Week curator William Yeoman and ABC Radio Perth presenter Gillian O’Shaughnessy. A special thanks to Rosily Vineyard and New Edition bookshop for their support of the event.

Strange Editions is a free event; however, places are limited, and RSVP is essential. To find out more visit the Strange Company Facebook page or pop in at the bar.

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FREO’S CLANCY’S IS THIR(S)TY!

Posted in bar, city of fremantle, drinking, entertainment, food, hospitality, music, Uncategorized by freoview on April 9, 2018

 

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Congratulations to Fremantle’s Clancy’s Fish Pub which is celebrating its 30th birthday!

During my good old drinking days I spent many hours a week at Clancy’s drinking Guinness and wine and eating lots of fish&chips, whitebait and fried mice.

I danced to exhaustion on the great music of the Zydecats almost every Sunday night and attended many festivals Clancy’s organised in Princess May Park.

The Clancy’s crew are the best people and the family atmosphere in the pub makes sure there are very few occasions of the odd bad drunk.

Melbourne Cup at Clancy’s was a really day out where I caught up with friends at 11am to stagger home early evening.

Clancy’s is a truly Freo icon that looks after children as well as it looks after grown ups.

Happy birthday Fisher brothers and all the staff and thanks for all the good times!

Roel Loopers

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MORE FROM THE FREMANTLE PLANNING COMMITTEE

 

More from the Fremantle Council Planning Committee:

  • A small bar and deli for 29 Leighton Beach Boulevard in North Fremantle was approved by the City of Fremantle Planning Committee last night after many people spoke for and against it.

One of the main concerns was noise from the alfresco area rising up to the balconies of residents because of the hard surface below.

It is a fair concern that could be addressed if council insisted on noise control, such as carpeting the alfresco area and putting a soft noise reducing top over it and plants around it, but a small amendment only addressed the area of alfresco activity and that it could not expand.

  • The development proposal for a cafe/restaurant next to Frank’s the butcher in Wray Avenue came back to the Planning Committee, after the proponent had taken the plans to the State Administrative Tribunal after they were rejected by council. The committee last night was adamant. that not enough changes had been made and that parking in the very popular hub was already and issue that could not cope with another cafe, so the proposal was rejected again.
  • The Solar Farm on the former tip site in South Fremantle was approved. Concerns about contaminated dust were deemed unnecessary as the site will be monitored while it is largely without control now.

It is a bit of a surprise that people now are concerned about contaminated dust when a solar farm will be built over the surface and no doubt acts as dust reduction and the site will be professionally managed. A very good outcome I believe.

  • Bad acoustics in the North Fremantle Hall is still an issue and the large public gallery which included twenty Curtin University students had to move chairs to the sides to get closer to be able to hear the Councillors and staff. Unacceptable.
  • A rather farcical situation at the start of the meeting when chair Jon Strachan ruled that all public submissions would be heard before the committee deliberated, but he was overruled by his colleagues who wanted the procedure to remain as it is and that the public speaks before each item which is then debated by committee. It means that people who are not interested in other items on the agenda don’t have to sit through the entire meeting, so it is a basic courtesy to the community.

Roel Loopers

 

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NO BAR-YET-FOR LEIGHTON BEACH BOULEVARD

Posted in bar, city of fremantle, development, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on March 8, 2018

 

The application for a 75 patron small bar at Leighton Beach Boulevard was deferred by the Fremantle Planning Committee last night because the public consultation had been inadequate and needs to be redone.

Members of the public who bought apartments in the new buildings were irate that the public consultation period had been done over Christmas when most property owners only moved into their new homes in mid January and did not know about the bar application, which they believe will negatively impact on their lifestyle and comfort.

Councillors agreed that it was not fair so a new public consultation period will be set by the officers, so that more owners can put submissions to council.

Roel Loopers

DOES FREO NEED ANOTHER PIZZA BAR?

Posted in bar, cappuccino strip, city of fremantle, food, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on February 11, 2018

 

The FPOL Committee of the City of Fremantle will this coming Wednesday make a decision about signing a fifteen-year lease with Sierra Orenda for the upstairs-former KULCHA-section above the DOME cafe of the Evan Davies building at the Cappuccino Strip.

Sierra Orenda wants to open a small bar and restaurant and serve wood fired pizza.

The rent for the property would be $ 80,000 per annum, plus all outgoings and GST.

Fremantle City recently spent a lot of money on creating universal access to the building by adding a lift and new entrance at the back of the building, so everyone will now be able to get upstairs without difficulty.

My only question is why another pizza outlet in Fremantle? Another new bar and pizza outlet will open on Victoria Quay soon. There are sooooooo many of them, all taking away business from each other while other international cuisines are lacking in Fremantle. Variety is the spice of life!

Roel Loopers

HAVE A RONNIE NIGHTS OUT IN FREMANTLE

Posted in alfresco, bar, city of fremantle, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on February 5, 2018

 

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Here a sneak preview through the window of Fremantle’s newest bar RONNIE NIGHTS which will open this week.

The small bar in Market Street has taken over the premises of the Maya Indian restaurant/Aunty G. and is owned by the operators of the STRANGE COMPANY bar in Nairn Street.

The bar has two street level areas and also an upstairs section, so check it out once it is open.

Nice to see the floor tiles and the pressed tin ceiling have been preserved.

Roel Loopers

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SMALL BAR PROTEST NOT ABOUT PATIENTS

Posted in alcohol, bar, city of fremantle, health, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on June 8, 2017

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There appears to be a bit more to the small bar protest story in Fremantle’s High Street than the initial newspaper report this morning revealed.

This is not just the case of a psychiatrist wanting to protect his patients who have drug, alcohol and suicide issues, but much more about protecting his own patch. It’s classic not in my backyard stuff.

It turns out the good doctor actually lives at the premises and works from home next to the proposed bar and he clearly does not want his evening peace disturbed.

The bar proponents tell me it will just be a tiny 50-patron bar in the cellar with table service and no outdoor area.

Living in the inner city means one has to compromise and realise there will be bars and pubs and entertainment, and a tiny bar operated by responsible operators won’t create anti-social havoc in the West End that is in dire need of  night-time activation.

To put a mental health clinic in an entertainment area is puzzling.

Roel Loopers

NEW BAR FOR FREO’S WEST END

Posted in bar, city of fremantle, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on May 22, 2017

 

 

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This lovely building at 10 High Street in the historic West End of Fremantle could become home to a new small bar if all goes well.

The people behind the fantastic Strange Company bar in Nairn Street are applying for a liquor license for the High Street premises, as the sign on the  bottom right shows, so stay tuned.

Roel Loopers

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NEW FREMANTLE BAR HAS BALLS

Posted in bar, food, fremantle, hospitality by freoview on March 8, 2017

 

A new bar is opening on the Fremantle Cappuccino Strip next to the Dome Cafe.

It’s a cocktail bar that has got balls, if the name is an indication.

Welcome to The Meatball and Cocktail Bar!

Roel Loopers

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