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MORE MOORE&MOORE

Posted in art, cafe, city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on July 27, 2017

 

Fremantle Council approved a ten-year extension of the lease to Moore&Moore cafe owner Simon Naber.

I have been a regular visitor to the quirky cafe in the Henry Street art centre since it opened, and am very happy to know it will continue to operate under the same management.

The Moore&Moore has a cosy courtyard and a children’s playground, and a one-hole mini golf for kids, and was the first Fremantle cafe to build a parklet.

There are issues with operating within the art centre and with a tiny kitchen, but they could be addressed with a bit more flexibility from the City’s Fremantle Arts Centre management.

It is not very practical for example that the centre manager’s office is at the start of the building, when that area would be ideally suited to extend the kitchen and coffee service to. The art centre manager could relocate to one of the two artist’s studios at the back, to accommodate the need for the cafe to have a larger kitchen/barista area.

If the Fremantle Arts Centre has a need for more artist in residence spaces one or two of the Pilot’s Cottages at Captain’s Lane next to the Roundhouse would be well suited for that purpose.

The Moore&Moore cafe is a well-established and much liked cafe and function centre in the West End and should be more actively supported by Fremantle City.

 

Roel Loopers

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COMMOTIONS AT THE FREO CARRIAGE CAFE

Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, cofee, esplanade reserve, food, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on July 26, 2017

 

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carriage 2

 

The lovely Carriage Cafe on the Fremantle Esplanade has new owners(again), a new name CARRIAGE COFFEE SHOP, a new coffee brand, new menu, new chef, new events and new ideas, so make sure to try them out soon!

Owners Rochelle and Dave are well-known local musicians who live in Freo’s West End and are members of the FLUID GROOVE band.

On weekends they are running Commotions@The Carriage where local buskers play on Fridays from 2-4 pm and on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 4 pm.

The Carriage Coffee Shop is close to the playground, Esplanade Youth Plaza skatepark and the Tourist Wheel, so perfect for families.

They can operate for another two years before the City of Fremantle wants them to move on. That is a real shame, because the cafe should stay and also become a small bar at night.

It is questionable if the building can be relocated without destroying it, as the roots of the trees have grown into the foundations.

The City has offered the owners three locations to consider; the grassed area at South Beach, where there are already two cafes, Pioneer Park, that is close to many cafes in the area, or the grassed area at Bathers Beach near Kidogo Arthouse.

The Bathers Beach option is remarkable and shows how inconsistent the City of Fremantle can be, because Kidogo arthouse was not allowed to build toilets to the south of the gallery as it would affect the view corridor to the ocean. The Carriage building is much bigger and would impact on the historic interpretation of the area.

Anyway, go and support the Carriage Coffee Shop and tell Fremantle Council we don’t really need a new hub near the ferris wheel and another burger bar.

They are on Facebook, so keep up to date with what they do.

Roel Loopers

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DESTROY ART GREAT FOR CAFE D FREO

Posted in art, cafe, city of fremantle, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on July 17, 2017

 

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The Fremantle CAFE D FREO in Essex Street has received a very welcome facelift, as the interior design was pretty uninspiring up to now.

The modern furniture and outdoor benches look so much better and there is a great new mural by artist DESTROY on the right-hand wall.

Cafe D Freo specialises in Italian cuisine, and I have heard positive comments about it, so try it out one day soon.

They are next to the Istanbul Turkish restaurant, and there is plenty of parking in the vicinity for us lazy ones.

Roel Loopers

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BANNISTER STREET NIGHT LIFE

Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on July 14, 2017

 

The lovely Attic cafe and the tranquil Stable Hands cafe in Freo’s Bannister Street are now open at night on weekends, so be adventurous and give them a try tonight.

Roel Loopers

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FREO ON THE PHONE

Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on July 13, 2017

 

on the phone

 

My latest addition to my series of Fremantle street photography is this one taking this morning at the Attic Cafe in Bannister Street.

Everyone is busy on the phone.

Roel Loopers

FREO IS GREAT PLACE FOR STREET PHOTOGRAPHY

Posted in art, cafe, fremantle, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on July 4, 2017

 

morning news at the waves cafe

Fremantle Arts Centre

 

My love for so-called Street Photography is well-known to readers of this blog and my Facebook friends, so here two more street photos I took this morning in Fremantle.

Roel Loopers

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NEVER ENOUGH CAFES FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, cofee, Uncategorized by freoview on July 2, 2017

Threeo Coffee

 

There is another new cafe in South Fremantle. THREEO COFFEE & EATS at 244 South Terrace.

This is what the owners say about their new venture:

Threeo Coffee & Eats is the culmination of my French and Aussie backgrounds, and is serving up delicious treats from 244 South Terrace — enter through Salty Gold plants and homewares. We offer specialty coffee choices, cold brew and French press using locally-roasted Micrology coffee beans. For your hungry tummies we have amazing French pastries, rustic toasties, breaky crepes, quiches, salads and more!

Open weekdays from 6.30am and weekend from 7.30am. Free wifi, comfy couches and seating — come and hang out with us!

Give them a try and support all our local Freo businesses as much as you can. They are doing it tough.

Roel Loopers

 

STUDIO 37 CAFE SATURDAY BREAKFAST

Posted in cafe, food, fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on June 16, 2017

My mate Tom at the lovely STUDIO 37 Cafe in the PS ART SPACE in Pakenham Street is now open for Saturday breakfast from 8 am till midday, so go and enjoy great coffee and food in the cavernous heritage space that often has fantastic art exhibitions.

Several offices, including Centrelink have closed in Pakenham Street so there is plenty of parking in the area.

The cafe is just twenty metres from High Street.

Roel Loopers

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TOO MANY PARKLETS IN FREO

Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on June 11, 2017

 

The owners of a new cafe that will open in the new building on the corner of Pakenham and Bannister streets have applied for a parklet in Pakenham.

I honestly do not understand why anyone would want to open a new cafe in the Fremantle West End as there is an abundance of them and some don’t do too well, as the recent closure of The Banker cafe in High Street showed.

Nairn Street already has The Loft and the Stable Hand cafe and the latter is often near empty when I walk by. Pakenham has four hospitality outlets, plus the Chats cafe/bar on the corner of High Street.

There are already three parklets in Pakenham Street, a lovely one at Bread in Common, one at the Fremantle Hostel and one at the Natural Light cafe and most of them are rarely used. That is also the case at Lapas next to the National Hotel where the alfresco parklet is mostly vacant.

The owner of the tiny Ghetto Blaster cafe in Pakenham Street told me a few months ago he would also apply for a parklet.

I absolutely get and see the attraction of parklets, but the problem is that they are not used often enough by patrons to install more.

Parklets mean fewer parking bays and less parking revenue for the City of Fremantle, so a compromise has to be found that works better.

Roel Loopers

 

SUPPORT FREO TRADERS DURING DEVELOPMENT

Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, development, kings square by freoview on April 5, 2017

The problems traders in Scarborough face, and business closures because of the massive redevelopment there, sends a message to Fremantle Council to be pro-active and assists retailers and the hospitality industry over the next 3 years during the Kings Square project development that will have serious short-term negative implications for businesses in the area.

While the City of Fremantle is not exactly rolling in money it might be a good idea to stop charging cafes alfresco fees during the development period and also to allow retailers to move out into the streets to show their wares.

Free parking at the Parry Street and Beach Street carparks could also be a consideration for the start of the week to try to support our local traders. If they can hang in there for the next three years they will all benefit from an invigorated Freo economy with new hotels opening, new office workers coming to Fremantle and many more people residing in the inner city. The long-term future for Fremantle is a very good one and well worth investing in!

We don’t want more shop closures, vacant buildings and people going broke, so we need to support them as well as we can. Let’s start talking about it now as a priority!

Roel Loopers

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