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NEW VICTORIA QUAY CAFE?

Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, fremantle ports, Uncategorized by freoview on December 12, 2017

 

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It looks like Victoria Quay in Fremantle Port will be getting a new cafe or bar.

I noticed the construction of these two adapted sea containers east of the E Shed Markets.

It is the same location where Don Tapa had a pop up a few years ago until they moved to The Mantle on Beach Street.

Roel Loopers

BOUTIQUE ACCOMMODATION AT THE FREO NATIONAL

Posted in accommodation, city of fremantle, hospitality, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on November 22, 2017

 

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The historic Fremantle National Hotel will become a real hotel next year with the addition of twelve boutique hotel rooms.

Owner Karl Buller told me yesterday they will also develop a rooftop bar and wedding function centre, so these are very welcome additions to the Freo CBD.

Construction work is estimated to take six months, so it should all be up and running by mid next year. Stay tuned!

Roel Loopers

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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 ☆

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SMALL BAR PROTEST NOT ABOUT PATIENTS

Posted in alcohol, bar, city of fremantle, health, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on June 8, 2017

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There appears to be a bit more to the small bar protest story in Fremantle’s High Street than the initial newspaper report this morning revealed.

This is not just the case of a psychiatrist wanting to protect his patients who have drug, alcohol and suicide issues, but much more about protecting his own patch. It’s classic not in my backyard stuff.

It turns out the good doctor actually lives at the premises and works from home next to the proposed bar and he clearly does not want his evening peace disturbed.

The bar proponents tell me it will just be a tiny 50-patron bar in the cellar with table service and no outdoor area.

Living in the inner city means one has to compromise and realise there will be bars and pubs and entertainment, and a tiny bar operated by responsible operators won’t create anti-social havoc in the West End that is in dire need of  night-time activation.

To put a mental health clinic in an entertainment area is puzzling.

Roel Loopers

FREO PSYCHIATRIST BELIEVES BAR NEXT DOOR WOULD BE STRANGE COMPANY

Posted in city of fremantle, health, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on June 8, 2017

 

I find it rather strange to read on Perth Now/Sunday Times on-line that a Fremantle psychiatric clinic operator objects to a new small bar proposal at 10 High Street in the historic West End.

Psychiatrist Dr Keven O’Daly told Perth Now it would be totally inappropriate to have a bar next to his premises where they deal with drug, alcohol and suicide issues.

The proposed bar would be a sister bar to the great Strange Company bar in Nairn Street that is very popular and last Monday even introduced a book club. The new bar would operate from 4.30 pm to midnight, so mostly when the clinic next door would be closed for business.

It is rather bizarre that Dr O’Daly opened his clinic in High Street where there are already licensed premises when that is a concern for his clients. The temptation to grab a drink would be a lot less outside the cbd one would think.

Roel Loopers

A STRANGE FREO PLACE FOR GOOD BOOKS

Posted in book, fremantle, reading, Uncategorized by freoview on May 26, 2017

 

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The beautiful STRANGE COMPANY bar in Fremantle’s Nairn Street is on Monday launching Strange Editions, a book club for those who like reading and having a chat about books while enjoying nice food and drinks in a great atmosphere.

Go check it out and share your stories!

Roel Loopers

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NEW BAR FOR FREO’S WEST END

Posted in bar, city of fremantle, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on May 22, 2017

 

 

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This lovely building at 10 High Street in the historic West End of Fremantle could become home to a new small bar if all goes well.

The people behind the fantastic Strange Company bar in Nairn Street are applying for a liquor license for the High Street premises, as the sign on the  bottom right shows, so stay tuned.

Roel Loopers

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STRANGE FREMANTLE PARKLET

Posted in bar, fremantle, hospitality by freoview on February 6, 2017

 

There are parklets and then there are parklets, like the new one at the Strange Company bar in Fremantle’s Nairn Street.

This is not a parklet but a piece of public art that enhances the quite drab street, but is it very functional? I’ll go and see how it is used on the weekend.

Roel Loopers

PRIVATISATION OF FREO’S BATHERS BEACH

Posted in bathers beach, bathers beach house, city of fremantle, hospitality, local government by freoview on December 23, 2016

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While there is public and political outrage about the proposed privatisation of Fremantle Port and Western Power the privatisation of Fremantle’s historic Bathers Beach is well under way.

The Bathers Beach House became the first hospitality venue in Australia that is allowed to sell alcohol on the beach, but today they simply extended the beach chair bar with tables and umbrellas for alfresco dining on the sand. That is not on!

How many events and functions will this hospitality operator now hold on our public beach and will they simply extend the alfresco area onto the beach during busy periods. Who then could stop Kidogo Arthouse/Kelp Bar from doing the same?

Who at the City of Fremantle signed the permission for BBH to set up tables on the beach? What are they charged for using OUR beach?

Roel Loopers

 

 

COSY BOTTEGA NEW FREO CAFE BAR

Posted in cafe, coffee, food, fremantle by freoview on December 14, 2016

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A lovely new cafe has opened in Fremantle’s Little Market Street below Freo’s best Italian restaurant La Sosta.

BOTTEGA is much more than just another cafe though as it also sells bread, take away meals, preserved chilli, peppers, coffee, etc. and it is fully licensed so it is also a new small bar in the centre of town.

It is a very cosy and comfortable place with huge wheels of cheese on display and large salamis hanging from the ceiling.

The food varies daily and is international from pasta dishes to slow cooked brisket with spicy Korean mayo and kimchi, or braised pork belly with rosti, spicy Thai chicken rolls, salads, field mushrooms with goat cheese, sage and pancetta, etc.

But there is more! The Sri Lankan pastry chef makes yummy-looking sweets in house, so there is something for everyone at Bottega.

I really like the ambience of the place and will most certainly pop in there for a coffee and catch up with friends. It’s open from 6.30 am to 6 pm.

La Sosta upstairs also caters for functions so if you are planning a wedding or corporate event, keep them in mind.

Roel Loopers

Disclaimer: This post is a community service for which I do not charge money or accept free meals for!

 

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