I am always on the look out for so-called street photos when wandering around inner city Fremantle and noticed this backpacker relaxing at the old Orient Hotel this morning.
The lovely BARQUE restaurant in George Street, East Fremantle has closed its doors just days after receiving a very good review from feared West Australian food critic Rob Broadfield.
I had a very memorable birthday there years ago, of which I remember very little, but the food was great and the wine too plentiful. ; >(
I hear a famous WA chef will return from the Eastern States and start the Cook&Mason restaurant there.
The boring Good Fridays of the past are over in Fremantle and most cafes are open for business and were busy already just after nine this morning.
I have never seen so many people fishing on the South Mole as today, with (illegal) parking on both sides full.
Supermarkets are closed but the great Peaches in South Freo is open and so are the Fremantle Markets and the Fishing Boat Harbour traders.
The Fremantle International Street Arts Festival is on at the Esplanade from 12-5 pm and there is live music at J Shed from midday and a pancake stall to have some yummy food.
Just go for a wander and explore beautiful old Freo and find more traders open for business.
The ongoing development delays of the Hilton Doubletree hotel on the site at Point, Adelaide and Cantonment streets are very disappointing for Fremantle.
SKS Land Pty Ltd bought the property from the City of Fremantle on November 28, 2012 but all they have done so far is demolish the retail buildings along Adelaide and Point streets and left us with a vacant eyesore that is not looked after well.
Now the company, which is developing three hotels in Perth, wants another two-year extension before building commencement, to January 2020, so eight years after they purchased the property!
There is an option in the sales contract for the CoF to buy back the property but the City is in no financial position to even consider that, and SKS are playing hardball in the knowledge of that.
The item is on Wednesday’s City of Fremantle FPOL Committee’s agenda and the officers recommend to approve the delay but that SKS gives the CoF control over the vacant site for $ 1 per year, to activate the area, and hand back the management of the Point Street carpark, so the City can gain revenue from it for the next two and a half years.
One can only hope that the Woolstores shopping centre commercial/residential development and Adina Hotel by Silverleaf will commence soon as the ongoing delays of buildings that have been approved is holding Fremantle back.
The invigorating ZYDECATS are back with their great zydeco music at the Fremantle Workers Club this Saturday April 9 at 6pm.
It’s at the South Fremantle Football Club at Freo Oval.
The ZYDECATS are also playing every Friday in April at Clancys, so do some double-dipping and enjoy them twice in one week!
A report in the Sunday Times today shows that the accusations against Fremantle Council not looking after its retailers well enough and that parking problems keep shoppers away are hot air.
The new Perth Labor MP wants a City Summit because of the dire retail economy in the big smoke, which shows Fremantle’s retail problems are neither unique nor to blame on Council.
Of the 950 shops in the Perth CBD 150 are vacant at a 16 per cent vacancy rate. Along Barrack Street and St George’s Terrace a staggering one in five shops are empty, so it does not look well at all.
We know that retailers in Subiaco and elsewhere have also been struggling for years, so this problems is all over the Perth metropolitan area.
Yesterday the West Australian reported that many restaurants are closing in Perth as well and that shows that we need to do more for tourism, conventions, festivals, etc. and can no longer rely on the patchy mining industry that booms and busts often and lacks the stability our retailers and hospitality industry need.
It is unfair to lay blame for the economy on individual local councils as there is clearly a bigger picture at play well outside the power of local government.
A new bar is opening on the Fremantle Cappuccino Strip next to the Dome Cafe.
It’s a cocktail bar that has got balls, if the name is an indication.
Welcome to The Meatball and Cocktail Bar!
I hear Sunset Events intends to take up their 25-year lease of the No 1 studio at J Shed from July 1 and build a reduced-capacity tavern for 400 patrons.
It also wants to cater for wedding functions with a large marquee on the grassed area in front of the J Shed art studios.
The concert organisers’ attempt at getting approval for an 850 patron tavern and 1,500 people live outdoor music venue was rejected last year by Fremantle Council, the WA Planning Committee and the State Administrative Tribunal.
If my memory is correct the state agencies rejected the tavern because it was deemed inappropriate for the A Class Reserve at Bathers Beach, and not because of the number of patrons.
I have no doubt that inner city residents and community and heritage groups will also fight this new proposal, and it will be interesting to see if Fremantle Council will support a smaller tavern in one of WA’s most significant historic areas where the first British settlers set up home.
It looks like the former Kulcha space above the Dome cafe on the Fremantle Cappuccino Strip will be activated again soon as a bar/restaurant and music venue.
To be able for Mitchelstown PtyLtd, the preferred tenderer after an Expression of Interest period in March last year, to make the interior changes to the building, such as a commercial kitchen and sound proofing, the City of Fremantle will make required changes and invest in making the venue accessible for disabled people and build a lift and new stairs in Collie Street as well as a universal toilet.
It is a lovely space above the Dome and I fondly remember the many performances and exhibitions and the free Saturday concerts on the balcony, so let’s hope the activation and new entertainment venue will be supported by Fremantle residents.