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JUNGLE BIRD OPENS IN FREO’S WEST END

Posted in bar, cafe, city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on February 11, 2019

 

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The old sailors used to like a bit of rum in their coffee, so the new bar and cafe on the corner of Pakenham and High Street in Fremantle’s West End is well suited to them.

JUNGLE BIRD rum&coffee has replaced the former Mrs Chats bar next to the newsagency and opposite Bitches Brew framers and art space.

Roel Loopers

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IT IS A COUNCIL NO FOR CALOGERO’S ALFRESCO

Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, hospitality, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on February 7, 2019

 

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The unauthorised alfresco area on the Calogero’s property on South Terrace in South Fremantle will have to be dismantled as the Planning Committee of the City of Fremantle last night refused the retrospective approval for it.

The removal of four parking bays from the site was the main concern for the elected members who were against it, but Councillor Dave Hume said that ratepayers paid for the CAT bus so people did not have to use their own vehicle to get to the cafe.

Councillor Rachel Pemberton said the proposal needed good planning, and not the ad-hoc way it had been dealt with by the applicants. “Does the area really need another cafe?” she questioned.

Planning Committee chair Jon Strachan said he supported the refusal because the applicant needed a wake-up call, as work needed to be done on the ad-hoc application.

Roel Loopers

CAR BAYS OR STREET BEAUTIFICATION IN SOUTH FREO?

Posted in alfresco, cafe, cars, city of fremantle, local government, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on February 2, 2019

 

 

The alfresco area of Calogero’s in South Fremantle is in doubt with the Officers’ Recommendation for this Wednesday’s Ordinary Council meeting for the retrospective application to be refused due to lack of parking and the removal of previous car bays on the site.

I personally like the little hub from Little Lefroy Road to Jenkin Street with the cafes and restaurants, but there is no doubt that lack of parking is an issue in the area, but will the addition of two car bays really make a significant difference and is it enough to demand the removal of the large alfresco area?

That stretch of South Terrace is due for more traffic calming and making the area look more residential, so that motorists are encouraged to slow down, so a large alfresco area helps to achieve that, probably more than adding two car bays.

It will be interesting to observe if Fremantle Councillors agree with the officers or if they are more interested in the visual appeal of the Little Lefroy hub with street furniture, trees, bike racks or more parked cars.

Roel Loopers

HUB NIGHTS ON HENRY JAM AND ART SESSIONS

Posted in art, cafe, city of fremantle, culture, hospitality, music, Uncategorized by freoview on January 23, 2019

 

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HUB NIGHTS ON HENRY at Fremantle’s Moore&Moore cafe sounds like a great idea, so I hope it will get a lot of support from the local community, artists and musicians.

A great new experience where local musicians and artists showcase their talents with the community.

Unstructured jam sessions for musicians to play and a space for experts from all forms of art to share their knowledge to eager listeners. 🎤🎼

Join them on the first Thursday of every month at Moore & Moore Cafe
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Want to perform or get more details? Get more info by emailing: eventmanager@mooreandmoorecafe.com

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COFFEE ON CHRISTMAS DAY

Posted in cafe, christmas, city of fremantle, coffee, Uncategorized by freoview on December 25, 2018

 

For those who long for a good coffee Callogero’s and the Roasting Warehouse on South Terrace, near the corner of Lefroy Road are open in South Fremantle, and I heard that the Mod cafe in Wray Avenue was also going to open.

No reason to sulk at home. It is pretty pleasant out there with a cooling breeze and the beaches are filling up.

Roel Loopers

BUY KEEP CUPS FOR CHRISTMAS

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

 

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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

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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!

 

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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

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MOORE&MOORE CAFE SUPPORTS LOCAL ART

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

 

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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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