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CHALKYS LOOKING FOR BARISTAS

Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, hospitality, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on September 11, 2018

 

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BARISTAS WANTED!!!!

The lovely CHALKYS Cafe in the historic Tramways building at Fremantle’s 1 High Street is looking for baristas. The cafe is very close to the Roundhouse, so it caters for tourists, Notre Dame Uni students, locals, etc.

It is one of my favourite places in town, so you’ll have to put up with me.

Apply to Dani. Phone 9335 1324.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE REPAIR CAFE REDUCES WASTE

Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, community, environment, hospitality, sustainability, Uncategorized by freoview on August 31, 2018

 

Fremantle will have its own REPAIR CAFE as part of a global movement to reduce waste. We all know how annoying it can be to be told that it is cheaper to buy a new item than to getting it repaired, hence many usable items end up in landfill.

Starting on Sunday September 9 at 10.00am and finishing at midday, volunteer repairers from the greater Fremantle community will be available to help make repairs to household items brought in by community members, such as clothes, bikes, toys, small furniture, electrical appliances (only those with an AC adaptor or battery operated), at no cost, but with donations being warmly received.

There will also be a gluing and taping workstation, and help with devices such as laptops, tablets and phones, will also be available.

By promoting repairs, Repair Cafe Fremantle wants to directly reduce the amount of waste going to landfill. Co-organiser Joanna Blackley says “We throw away so much, even items which have small defects, and which could easily be used again after a simple repair, and this has serious ongoing consequences for our environment and future generations. Unfortunately, many people have forgotten that they can have things repaired, or maybe they don’t have the tools or repair skills required. Repair Café Fremantle aims to support community members with repairing items, where possible.”

Repair Café Fremantle is also offering an opportunity for repair skills to be practised and learnt, as jointly made repairs by the owner of the item and the volunteer repairer is encouraged.

Repair Cafe Fremantle will be running monthly on a Sunday, 10am-12pm, at Stackwood. News about dates will be available on the Repair Cafe Fremantle Facebook page and on Instagram. Email repaircafefremantle@gmail.com with any questions or feedback!

Repair Cafe Fremantle is part of a global movement of repair cafes encouraging repair culture and reducing waste going to landfill. Repair Cafe Fremantle is a member of the international Repair Cafe Foundation. Check out their world map to see the global repair cafe movement in action at https://repaircafe.org/en/visit/

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FREO STABLE HANDS REOPENS THIS WEEK!

Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, development, food, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on August 28, 2018

 

Stable Hands

 

The lovely Stable Hands cafe in Fremantle’s Bannister Street will re-open again later this week after a forced closure of nearly four months due to a collapsing wall and safety issues with the building site next door.

Stable Hands and its chef Reece had only recently received a great food review in the West Australian by Rob Broadfield when the cafe had to stop operating because of danger from the building activities.

Roel Loopers

GORGEOUS FREMANTLE SPRING DAY

Posted in bathers beach, cafe, city of fremantle, Uncategorized, weather by freoview on August 26, 2018

 

 

It was real spring weather in beautiful Fremantle today, so here a few photos I shot on the hop. I am not known as Kangaroel for no reason. ; >)

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BEAUT SUNRISE ON A STORMY FREO DAY

Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, fremantle ports, hospitality, sunrise, Uncategorized, weather by freoview on July 21, 2018

 

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My traditional 7am Saturday coffee catch up with my good mate Henty was at B Shed in Fremantle Port this morning, and did I need two double Espressos badly after a sleepless night.

I love early mornings and the many stunning sunrises we get here in Fremantle, so took this photo toward C Shed, where unusually the Leeuwin II was at berth.

Only 37 passengers had booked the early Rottnest Express ferry trip to quokka island and that is no surprise with the wet and stormy forecast for the weekend.

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STUTTERING FREO WEST END ACTIVATION

Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, heritage, hospitality, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on July 18, 2018

 

 

There is always so much talk about the activation of the Fremantle historic West End, but then projects are stalled or abandoned and that is a real shame.

The former cute Notre Dame University bookshop building on the corner of Henry Street and Marine Terrace is still vacant, and the considerations of making the boring back wall of the Santa Maria library in Henry Street into a heritage wall also have not eventuated, and neither has the planned activation node on Phillimore Street.

I hear from the hospitality industry that the former bookshop rent is far too high at $ 40,000 a year, indexed at 3-4%. An interested party told me they would have to invest around $ 200,000 for a commercial kitchen, etc. and that the figures simply don’t end up for them to open a cafe in the space that has a lovely courtyard in front of it.

The very good refurbishment of the Prindiville Hall in Mouat Street is positive, but it is a space for students rather than for the community

The Fremantle community and West End traders want more than talk and want to see action on activating the area.

Roel Loopers

 

FREO ESPLANADE CARRIAGE CAFE TO STAY

 

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Fremantle Council wants to let the Carriage Cafe on the Esplanade operate for another three years but on a month by month term.

The reason for the extension is that the City wants to delay the development of the Esplanade Hub by up to three years.

The Esplanade Hub was supposed to be developed between the Youth Plaza and ferris wheel and a new hospitality venue built there, and the Carriage Cafe would have had to be removed or demolished, but the City of Fremantle no longer has the money to realise these plans.

The item is on the FPOL committee agenda this coming Wednesday.

Roel Loopers

IN DEEP SH.. FOR FLUSHING THE TOILET

Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, coffee, food, Uncategorized by freoview on June 7, 2018

 

I know one should not chuckle about other people’s misfortune, but this is actually quite a funny story.

Imagine using the upper floor office toilet at No 1 High Street late on the Friday of the WA Day long weekend, and without anyone noticing the toilet keeps flushing when the staff leaves, which results in the bowl overflowing.

Still not a disaster, but the drainage in the restroom is also blocked and now all the water drips down to the floor below, where it gets into the power box and short circuits it.

Imagine the owners of Chalky’s cafe in Fremantle’s High Street coming back from down south late on Monday and just checking that everything is alright on the historic day, to find all the power in the building out, so they need to rescue all their food stock from fridges and freezer in total darkness.

They make mad dashes to Target for big plastic containers and to the service station for bags of ice, and even buy a deep freezer to store and preserve the food.

There was still no power on Tuesday, so a loss in trade as well, and now hoping that the insurance of the office above with the leaking toilet will cover it all.

Sometimes flushing the toilet can put you in deep shit. ; >)

Roel Loopers

DADAA NEEDS SUPPORT TO OPEN CAFE

Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, coffee, disability, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on May 25, 2018

 

Arts and disability organisation, DADAA is moving ahead with the next phase of the redevelopment of the former Old Boys School at Fremantle’s Princess May Park with the creation of a cafe in the lovely courtyard behind the building.

The old 1901 kitchen at the core of the Fremantle heritage building is the next area to receive an upgrade with the creation of the new café Humble Pantry Fremantle.

DADAA had a dream of turning the old kitchen and courtyard into a great café that not only serves excellent coffee and healthy food, but also provides training and employment opportunities for people with disability.

DADAA, a not-for-profit organisation that provides access to art programs for people with disability, have partnered with dynamic mother-son team Clare and Kieran Cranny to open the café later this year.

The new café initiative is pursuing a sustainable financial model that is not reliant on government funding in order to meet its goal of providing employment for people with disability. DADAA and its new café operators are keen to work with businesses and individuals to meet this mission.

Local business Brayco got on board early, generously donating the commercial kitchen.

DADAA are now seeking other local businesses and donors to assist in raising the remaining $30,000 through crowdfunding to complete the fit-out of Fremantle’s first truly inclusive café – a place where the entire community can recognise accessibility and celebrate diversity.

Locals are invited to join the ‘Humble Coffee Club’ and to join in on this exciting community-building project with a contribution, large or small.

The campaign, which ends on 30 June 2018, has been launched with a video on the leading platform for cause-driven crowdfunding, StartSomeGood:

https://startsomegood.com/humblepantryfremantle.

Donors and supporters will recognise their name on a Giving Wall created by DADAA artists and will be invited to a celebratory opening to meet other generous individuals who want to see social enterprise like this initiative flourish in Fremantle.

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FREO IS THE CAPITAL OF GREAT LITTLE CAFES

Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, coffee, food, Uncategorized by freoview on May 21, 2018

 

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Photos I took this morning of two well-known Freo cafes. The shadows are at the Carriage cafe on the Esplanade and the arty entrance is of the Moore&Moore cafe in Henry Street.

Fremantle has a lot of hidden little gem cafes, so go out and explore!

Roel Loopers

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