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Posted in beer, brewery, city of fremantle, health, hospitality, tavern, Uncategorized by freoview on March 18, 2020



The first one of Fremantle’s major hospitality operations has become a victim of the coronavirus, with Little Creatures in the Fishing Boat Harbour announcing the closure of its operations to protect the brewery side of the business.

The Prime Minister has advised not to attend gatherings of more than 100 people and there is little doubt that many people are already avoiding going out and to work.

Covid-19 will have a severe impact on our community with people losing jobs, retailers and the hospitality industry losing money, small cafes not surviving, and developers reconsidering future projects.

Tourism is very important for Fremantle and with calls to even stop interstate travel many of our traders will be impacted, so try to support them as best as you can!

Roel Loopers



Posted in bar, brewery, city of fremantle, hospitality, tavern, Uncategorized by freoview on October 25, 2019


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That bloody lefty greeny Fremantle Council is at it again! First they ban Australia Day, then plastic bags and balloons, and now to top it all they are banning the Queen of England and are working toward becoming the Republic of Fremantle, as this banner at the Fremantle traffic bridge this morning shows.

Don’t despair yet! It is a promo for the new Republic of Fremantle gin distillery and micro brewery that will open in Pakenham Street very soon. ; >)

Roel Loopers


Posted in brewery, cappuccino strip, city of fremantle, hospitality, property, Uncategorized by freoview on September 18, 2019




The prominent Monk Brewery site on the Fremantle Cappuccino Strip is for sale.

Savills Australia has the 923 square metre site listed, but no worries for the fans of the brewery. Their lease expires in April next years but they do have a five year option to extend that.

Does anyone remember when Miss Maud was there? ; >)

Roel Loopers


Posted in brewery, city of fremantle, development, hospitality, tavern, Uncategorized by freoview on June 6, 2019


The City of Fremantle Planning Committee last night unanimously approved the long overdue development of the vacant Sealanes buildings between South Terrace and Marine Terrace in South Fremantle.

The 300 patron venue is proposed to operate as a high quality ‘gastro tavern’ incorporating a working boutique micro-brewery and micro-distillery offering patrons a mix of high quality beverage and dining and ‘cellar door’ in a casual, friendly atmosphere. It will be operated by Running With Thieves.

Alterations to the Marine Terrace and South Terrace frontages, including the provision of new doors, metal balustrades, alfresco bench seating, and new shop front windows will allow views across to South Beach.

Roel Loopers


Posted in alcohol, bar, brewery, city of fremantle, development, food, local government, parking, tavern, Uncategorized by freoview on February 19, 2019


There are serious concerns in the South Fremantle community about a proposed tavern, brewery and distillery on the former Sealanes site at 176-238 Marine Terrace.

Locals believe there is already ample supply of alcohol-related outlets in the area and that parking issues will escalate even more. They are also worried about noise, smells and anti social behaviour in the adjoining residential streets.

The proposal by the Running with Thieves brewery is for a micro-brewery that would be able to produce 1 million litres of beer, plus a distillery that would make gin, vodka, rum and whiskey.

There would also be a bar, restaurant and retail outlet, so unless substantial parking bays will be provided on site it would severely affect parking for locals and people visiting South Beach and the sunset markets, and those who commute on the CAT bus to the train station.

Submissions for the proposal closed on February 15, but many locals complain they had not been made aware of it and are scrambling to voice their opposition to the plans.

Although the official submission period is over there is still plenty of time to contact Fremantle Councillors. You can reach them all together here:

Roel Loopers



Posted in architecture, bar, brewery, city of fremantle, development, heritage, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on February 11, 2019


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Contractors for Silverleaf Investments have started on the building redevelopment of the historic Manning Building, which takes up the entire south of the High Street mall and runs along William and Market streets.

The redevelopment will include a tavern and micro brewery and will hopefully help to reactivate Fremantle’s CBD.

Roel Loopers



Posted in bar, brewery, city of fremantle, fishing boat harbour, food, hospitality, tavern, Uncategorized by freoview on November 24, 2018


NEXT DOOR at Little Creatures in Fremantle’s Fishing Boat Harbour is no more and what a loss it is!

I just had a look at the HELM which replaces Next Door and the place has totally lost its character, ambience and personality.

Gone are the cosy armchairs and couches to be replaced by little white table separated by white lattices. It’s light, but void of character.

Next Door was one of my favourite places to meet up with friends, but the Helm is not my cup of tea as it is too formal. What a shame!

Roel Loopers



Posted in brewery, city of fremantle, food, hospitality, markets, Uncategorized by freoview on September 19, 2018



A new family friendly concept for foodies will open at Fremantle’s Beach Street next to The Mantle. Sunshine Harvester Works will have a brewery/distillery run by anchor tenant Union Brewery, a cafe, fresh produce market stalls, a butcher, greengrocer, florist, etc.

Celebrity chef Iain Lawless is involved in the exciting project that will add to the revitalisation of Fremantle’s east end.

There will be 800 sqm of pop-up and stall-based offerings for foodies and families.

It sounds great, so I can’t wait to see it!

It is so good to see so many new projects happening in Freo and this one is just around the corner from the recently opened LIV apartments and Heirloom.

Roel Loopers




We live in a world of awards for just about everything and many of them are pretty irrelevant and meaningless because of the lack of research done. Some awards simply tick a few boxes and for example take Local Government’s submissions as a fact, instead of checking out the reality.

The McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol Awards appears to belong to the latter because the City of Fremantle has been nominated as a finalist For it’s no tolerance approach to anti-social behaviour at events and its promotion of a small bar culture and liquor reform in the area.

It is clear the McCusker Foundation does not know that on the same evening Fremantle Council signed off on its alcohol policy it also approved the establishment of a new tavern and live music venue for up to 1,500 patrons at J Shed on historic Arthur Head, and is in the process of approving a micro-brewery at the former Energy Museum, just around the corner from St Patrick’s that deals with people with drug and alcohol related problems.

If my memory is correct, in times of the biggest community turmoil about Council ignoring community consultation, the City of Fremantle received an award for its excellent community consultation process.

It might all sound great on paper and in a one-eyed submissions by COF officers, but unfortunately the reality is a whole different ball game. As I pointed out here recently the Fremantle Accord on responsible service of alcohol is just another lip service with many pubs now offering happy hours and cheaper drinks, with the National Hotel even having two a day, one during lunchtime hours.

For the City of Fremantle to receive an award, or even be a finalist, in the McCusker alcohol award it would need to do a whole lot better, and not be hypocritical by ignoring its own alcohol policy.

Roel Loopers

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