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HAPPY BIRTHDAY STRANGER!

Posted in city of fremantle, food, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on August 13, 2017

 

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The beautiful STRANGE COMPANY bar in Nairn Street, Fremantle is celebrating its second birthday today with live music all afternoon and evening.

Entry is free, so go and hide from the rain in this warming environment, have some great food and good drinks with friends and family.

It’s all happening from noon on.

☆ DD AND THE MONEYMAKERS ☆
☆ MIKELEZA AND THE BIG BONGO THEORY ☆
☆ RICKY DEAN & THE DREAM MACHINE ☆
☆ CROSSEYED CATS ☆
☆ DJ BOOGIE ☆

FREO HAN’S CAFE OPENING SOON

Posted in city of fremantle, fishing boat harbour, food, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on August 10, 2017

 

 

The HAN’S Cafe at Fremantle’s Bathers Beach is nearly ready to go. Tradesmen were putting the signage up this afternoon, and inside it is basically fine as well.

The owner told me she hopes to open sometime next week, but it depends on staff.

HAN’S is between Sweetlips and the Bathers Beach House and a welcome change from all the fish&chips outlets in the Fishing Boat Harbour.

Stay tunes. I’ll let you know.

WRITERS BLOCK SONGS AT CLANCY’S THIS EVE

Posted in city of fremantle, hospitality, music, Uncategorized by freoview on August 10, 2017

 

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The fire is on, the food is great, and the mulled wine is not to be missed at Clancy’s Fremantle.

This evening they have got the WRITERS BLOCK evening of songs on, and the theme is money.

No entry fee to listen to Steve Parkin, Animah Hughes, Matt Cal, Tim Gallagher, Anita Downes and David Hyam.

Make it a night out with friends or family! It starts at 7.30pm.

 

Roel Loopers

NEW STAIRS TO KULCHA BUILDING

Posted in city of fremantle, heritage, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on July 28, 2017

 

 

The new public access stairs to the former Kulcha venue above the Dome cafe on the Fremantle Cappuccino Strip are rather massive, but I understand it will include a lift for disabled access as well and that is a good thing.

The venue will become a restaurant and music venue again, so that might still happen this year.

 

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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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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FREMANTLE VACANCIES NOT TOO BAD

Posted in city of fremantle, hospitality, real estate, retail, shopping, Uncategorized by freoview on July 21, 2017

 

Fremantle is doing pretty well in the commercial vacancy rate comparison with other councils.

The West Australian this week released the vacancy figures for Bayview Terrace in Claremont at 10.16%, Napoleon Street in Cottesloe at 6.81% and Rokeby Road in Subiaco at 5.94%, but failed to mention Fremantle shopping streets.

The best performing street was Oxford Street in Leederville that has no vacancies.

When we compare Freo’s main shopping streets we are doing alright here and it is not as bleak as some people think.

Commercial vacancies in Fremantle high streets are:

  • High Street mall and west end 5%
  • South Terrace 3%
  • Cappuccino Strip and Market Street 5%

However the more run-down part of Fremantle that is waiting to be developed has higher vacancy rates:

  • Cantonment Street 16%
  • Adelaide Street 21%

Adelaide Street is of course waiting for the Hilton Hotel and Little Laneway (Spotlight site) developments, while Cantonment Street will be transformed with the Woolstores shopping centre development.

 

Roel Loopers

 

FREMANTLE CLANCY’S ON FIRE

Posted in city of fremantle, hospitality, music, Uncategorized by freoview on July 21, 2017

 

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This sounds like fun!

This Saturday night we roll into Fremantle town to play for the beautiful people at Clancy’s Fish Pub , with a pretty cool line up Nate Lansdell, Gavin Sounness, Matt Hantler, Tom FisherAshlea Reale, Kerryn Curwood, Mike de Velta (on harp), Steve Gibson will be entertaining in a campfire singalong styled setting .

Performing in a circle in the centre of the room the Ring of Fire breaks down the barriers between audience and musician as everyone gathers around the circle and join in the fun. Unrehearsed and always a slightly different line up, the Ring of Fire is a little edgy, fresh, and exciting .

This is one of those nights where the audience become the show as we sing our way through a massive list of our favourite tunes. Just like a campfire singalong, or old time jamboree ….  Welcome to the Ring of Fire. Doors open at 8pm .

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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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FREO PUB DEATH NO BIG DEAL?

Posted in alcohol, city of fremantle, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on July 16, 2017

 

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We live in strange times, where respect for fellow humans and property are often just a second thought, if at all.

I was quite surprised to see it is business as usual at the Fremantle Sail&Anchor pub this Sunday, after a young man fell from their balcony last evening at 8.30 and died in Fiona Stanley Hospital last night.

I am not blaming anyone for the accident, but I wonder why the Sail&Anchor does not show more respect for the dead man and his family by closing the pub for a day.

 

Roel Loopers

 

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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