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BUY KEEP CUPS FOR CHRISTMAS

Posted in cafe, christmas, city of fremantle, coffee, environment, recycling, Uncategorized by freoview on December 10, 2018

 

coffee planet

 

There will be a lot of wastage over the Christmas period and most of it will end up in landfill, so do the right thing for planet earth and buy some keep cups as presents for your friends and family members.

Millions of non-recycable take-away containers are dumped each year and we all can make the very small effort of reducing our own waste by reducing the use of take-away coffee cups.

At Chalkys cafe in Fremantle West End you’ll even get a free coffee when you buy a keep cup! It’s the last cafe in High Street, close to the historic Roundhouse.

Roel Loopers

CALOGERO’S ALFRESCO DECISION DEFERRED

Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, city planning, coffee, food, local government, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on December 6, 2018

 

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The future of the alfresco area of  Calogero’s is still uncertain after Fremantle’s Planning Committee last night decided to defer it and give the owners the opportunity of sourcing for a location in the vicinity for two parking bays.

Personally I don’t see what the fuss is all about as that area from Little Lefroy Road to Jenkin Street along South Terrace has become a really lovely community hub, and even more so since the City of Fremantle improved the streetscape.

Parking in the area is always at a premium, but that applies to Pakenham Street in the inner city as well, and I doubt that Bread in Common and others there had to provide parking for their patrons.

Councillor Adin Lang was all for retrospective approval of the restaurant, while Councillor Dave Hume said that Council needed to become more flexible about parking if it wanted more activation and higher density in Fremantle.

This evening from 5.30-7.30pm there will be a community placemaking event with games, music, etc. at the little hub so come along and meet your fellow South Freo community members! See you there.

Roel Loopers

FREO CITY, SUPPORT THE WEST END ACTIVATORS!

 

Carriage Cafe

 

I hear that the owners of the cute Carriage Cafe on the Fremantle Esplanade have been told that they can stay till March next year and then will be offered a lease until 2022, but with the option for the City of Fremantle to terminate the lease on a monthly basis.

This is ridiculous, unprofessional and unworkable, as no one in their right mind will invest in a business that does not have a secure long-term tenure.

Last winter the thick plastic ‘curtains’ that keep the wind and rain out of the cafe’s dining area where ripped to pieces during a storm, so the owners will have to put new ones in which will cost thousands of dollars. Why would they do that if they can be chucked out on short notice? Even a pop-up shop gets a six-month lease, for heaven’s sake!

Why does Fremantle Council make it so hard for businesses who want to stay in Fremantle, when vacant shop fronts pop up faster than weeds in our city? Does anyone at all understand what commercial viability means and how important safe tenure is?

Let’s be realistic and pragmatic about the Esplanade masterplan. The new hub and new cafe won’t happen for years, if at all, because the City of Fremantle does not have the money to finance it, so accept the reality and support the Carriage Cafe owners who have plans to also open at night as a restaurant.

West End businesses were left off the new shopping map, and Arthur’s Head businesses are not sure about their future there, while the place is falling apart because of poor maintenance, so it’s urgent time for Fremantle Council to stop talking about wanting to activate the West End of Fremantle and actually start supporting those who are already activating it!

Roel Loopers

 

SOUTH FREO CALOGERO’S FUTURE IN DOUBT

 

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The future of CALOGERO’S  as a restaurant is in doubt with the officers’ recommendation to the City of Fremantle Planning Committee to refuse the late approval sought for the unauthorised partial use to restaurant and additions to the existing building.

The South Fremantle groceries shop, which is next to the Port City Roasters, received an interior facelift some years ago, and they also added a small cafe, but have now converted the entire four-bay carpark into an alfresco restaurant without the necessary planning approval.

CoF officers argue that the removal of the parking bays affects parking in the area, which is at a premium most of the day because of all the cafes and restaurants between Leffroy Road and Jenkin Street.

The delayed seeking of approval is for a 30 seat outdoor and 16 seat indoor restaurant with the shop remaining the primary use of the two-storey premises.

The item is on Wednesday’s Planning Committee agenda, which starts at 6pm at the North Fremantle community hall.

Roel Loopers

MOORE&MOORE CAFE SUPPORTS LOCAL ART

Posted in art, cafe, city of fremantle, cofee, food, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on November 28, 2018

 

junko

 

Nice to see a local business supporting a local artist.  This great new print by Junko Kitamura is now hanging in the Moore&Moore cafe in Fremantle’s Henry Street.

It is interesting to know that Junko used to be a barista  at the M&M many years ago and had her first show in the gallery there. She is one of my favourite printmakers.

Roel Loopers

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NOTRE DAME PRIME LOCATION FOR NEW CAFE

Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on November 28, 2018

 

notre dame

 

The former bookshop of Fremantle’s Notre Dame university on the corner of Marine Terrace and Henry Street still has not been leased and the university has put a new Expressions of Interest out.

It is a lovely location that provides a shaded alfresco opportunity, so if your big dream has always been to open your own cute cafe this might be the location for you.

Roel Loopers

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GHETTOBLASTER ALFRESCO FUN

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

 

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A very different parklet has been erected in Fremantle’s Pakenham Street in front of the hole in the wall GHETTOBLASTER cafe. Go check it out. It’s close to Collie Street.

Roel Loopers

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SUNDAY MUSIC AT FREO’S SOUTH BEACH

Posted in Uncategorized, music, city of fremantle, south beach, cafe, food, cofee by freoview on October 30, 2018

 

Sunday music November

BISTRO 21 on Fremantle’s South Beach will have live music sessions every Sunday in November through to February from 2.30pm on, so go and check it out.

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LOVELY NEW NORTH FREO CAFE

Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, coffee, hospitality, north fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on October 28, 2018

 

 

I only discovered this morning that a lovely new cafe has opened in the former church and antique shop in North Fremantle.

Deux Ex Machina looks very cute from the outside and also inside , so if you are around that gorgeous North Freo hub go and give it a try!

Roel Loopers

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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