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BOOKS AND WINE A MARRIAGE MADE IN HEAVEN

Posted in bar, BOOKS, city of fremantle, hospitality, reading, Uncategorized by freoview on June 26, 2018

 

The book club at my favourite Fremantle small bar STRANGE COMPANY is back and starting this evening

Back for its second year, Strange Editions is a winter book club at Strange Company on the last Tuesday of each month. A local author will sit down to discuss their most recent book over a nice glass of wine or two.

This year’s line-up is:

26 June                      Susan Midalia: The Art of Persuasion
31 July                       Bill Lawrie & Claire Moodie: Freo Groove
28 August                  AJ Betts: Hive
25 September          Carrie Cox: Afternoons with Harvey Beam

The series will be hosted by The West Australian arts writer and Perth Festival Writers’ Week curator William Yeoman and ABC Radio Perth presenter Gillian O’Shaughnessy. A special thanks to Rosily Vineyard and New Edition bookshop for their support of the event.

Strange Editions is a free event; however, places are limited, and RSVP is essential. To find out more visit the Strange Company Facebook page or pop in at the bar.

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FREMANTLE ORIENT HOTEL FOR SALE

Posted in city of fremantle, heritage, hospitality, hotel, property, real estate, Uncategorized by freoview on April 28, 2018

 

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The Fremantle Orient Hotel in historic High Street is on the market for around $ 4.5 million.

The present owners bought the hotel about four years ago and invested quite a bit in it.

The building is in a great location in the centre of Notre Dame University campus and I hope it will remain a hotel as most other hotels in High Street have closed.

Roel Loopers

REDUCED J SHED TAVERN ON FREMANTLE AGENDA

 

Fremantle Council is relentless in ignoring the clear messages from the community about not wanting a tavern at J Shed on Bathers Beach.

This Wednesday the Finance, Policy, Operations and Legislation Committee will debate to  change the lease conditions for Sunset Venues for the No 1 unit at J Shed as below:

OFFICER’S RECOMMENDATION

Council approve the following amendments to the lease with Sunset Venues for Unit 1 J Shed, Fremantle:

  1. a)  Reduce the patron capacity to a maximum of 300;
  2. b)  Removal of clause/s relating to concert events;
  3. c)  Reduce the size of the lease area by approximately forty percent (40%)from 1493m2 to 892m2;
  4. d)  Reduce rent from $83,950p.a to $50,370p.a.;
  5. e)  Add a condition precedent clause to provide for planning approval andliquor license approval to be achieved; and
  6. f)  Add a clause to provide for development to commence within twenty-four (24) months or lease to be terminated.

While the number of patrons capped at 300 more resembles that of a slightly larger small bar, I have no doubt that this new proposal will also receive strong opposition from the neighbouring J Shed artists and the Fremantle Inner City Residents Association-FICRA.

Roel Loopers

MORE FROM THE FREMANTLE PLANNING COMMITTEE

 

More from the Fremantle Council Planning Committee:

  • A small bar and deli for 29 Leighton Beach Boulevard in North Fremantle was approved by the City of Fremantle Planning Committee last night after many people spoke for and against it.

One of the main concerns was noise from the alfresco area rising up to the balconies of residents because of the hard surface below.

It is a fair concern that could be addressed if council insisted on noise control, such as carpeting the alfresco area and putting a soft noise reducing top over it and plants around it, but a small amendment only addressed the area of alfresco activity and that it could not expand.

  • The development proposal for a cafe/restaurant next to Frank’s the butcher in Wray Avenue came back to the Planning Committee, after the proponent had taken the plans to the State Administrative Tribunal after they were rejected by council. The committee last night was adamant. that not enough changes had been made and that parking in the very popular hub was already and issue that could not cope with another cafe, so the proposal was rejected again.
  • The Solar Farm on the former tip site in South Fremantle was approved. Concerns about contaminated dust were deemed unnecessary as the site will be monitored while it is largely without control now.

It is a bit of a surprise that people now are concerned about contaminated dust when a solar farm will be built over the surface and no doubt acts as dust reduction and the site will be professionally managed. A very good outcome I believe.

  • Bad acoustics in the North Fremantle Hall is still an issue and the large public gallery which included twenty Curtin University students had to move chairs to the sides to get closer to be able to hear the Councillors and staff. Unacceptable.
  • A rather farcical situation at the start of the meeting when chair Jon Strachan ruled that all public submissions would be heard before the committee deliberated, but he was overruled by his colleagues who wanted the procedure to remain as it is and that the public speaks before each item which is then debated by committee. It means that people who are not interested in other items on the agenda don’t have to sit through the entire meeting, so it is a basic courtesy to the community.

Roel Loopers

 

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NO BAR-YET-FOR LEIGHTON BEACH BOULEVARD

Posted in bar, city of fremantle, development, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on March 8, 2018

 

The application for a 75 patron small bar at Leighton Beach Boulevard was deferred by the Fremantle Planning Committee last night because the public consultation had been inadequate and needs to be redone.

Members of the public who bought apartments in the new buildings were irate that the public consultation period had been done over Christmas when most property owners only moved into their new homes in mid January and did not know about the bar application, which they believe will negatively impact on their lifestyle and comfort.

Councillors agreed that it was not fair so a new public consultation period will be set by the officers, so that more owners can put submissions to council.

Roel Loopers

DOES FREO NEED ANOTHER PIZZA BAR?

Posted in bar, cappuccino strip, city of fremantle, food, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on February 11, 2018

 

The FPOL Committee of the City of Fremantle will this coming Wednesday make a decision about signing a fifteen-year lease with Sierra Orenda for the upstairs-former KULCHA-section above the DOME cafe of the Evan Davies building at the Cappuccino Strip.

Sierra Orenda wants to open a small bar and restaurant and serve wood fired pizza.

The rent for the property would be $ 80,000 per annum, plus all outgoings and GST.

Fremantle City recently spent a lot of money on creating universal access to the building by adding a lift and new entrance at the back of the building, so everyone will now be able to get upstairs without difficulty.

My only question is why another pizza outlet in Fremantle? Another new bar and pizza outlet will open on Victoria Quay soon. There are sooooooo many of them, all taking away business from each other while other international cuisines are lacking in Fremantle. Variety is the spice of life!

Roel Loopers

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

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BOUTIQUE ACCOMMODATION AT THE FREO NATIONAL

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

 

National

 

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

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