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BEACH STREET KIOSK TAVERN

Posted in alcohol, city of fremantle, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on July 10, 2017

 

The owners of the KIOSK at Fremantle Beach Street, opposite the East Street Jetty, can thank their good luck that Fremantle Council did not sign off on handing over the former DADAA building next door to become the new location for the Aboriginal Cultural Centre.

I doubt that under those circumstances the City of Fremantle would have agreed to change the popular cafe from cafe to tavern, as they requested, and will be debated at the FPOL Committee this Wednesday.

The KIOSK wants to expand their business and have applied for a variation in license from 240 sqm to approximately 418 sqm, and they want to apply for a tavern liquor license to accommodate small functions and groups that is up to now restricted to table service.

The City of Fremantle is at present liaising with Aboriginal elders and groups to find out what they want to achieve with a cultural centre and then find an appropriate building in Freo for our Noongar friends.

Roel Loopers

FREO IS GREAT PLACE FOR STREET PHOTOGRAPHY

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

 

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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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NEW CLASSY CLAREMONT CAFE IN FREO

Posted in city of fremantle, hospitality, lifestyle, Uncategorized by freoview on May 31, 2017

 

 

I did not realise that the World of Renovation showroom that opened a few weeks ago in Fremantle’s historic West End also has a very classy cafe at the back that would make a great small bar.

Debretton&Bennett serves Gesha coffee and is open daily from 8 am to 2 pm.

It can be hired for functions.

It is very tranquil and away from High Street and is next to the Police Station.

As one of the few patrons yesterday remarked. “It’s not very Fremantle, more like Claremont.”  I really like it. Check it out!

FREMANTLE VOTES FOR COFFEE

Posted in cafe, coffee, election, fremantle by freoview on March 11, 2017

 

It’s quite clear what the people of Freo’s Chalkys cafe at the Roundhouse want you to vote for.

Roel Loopers

NATURE PLAY AT MOORE&MOORE CAFE

Posted in children, family, fremantle, nature by freoview on December 20, 2016

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The Fremantle Moore&Moore cafe in Henry Street is holding a Kids Nature Play event from tomorrow December 21 to January 20.

There will be a nature play area, market stalls, children’s entertainment, games, craft and more and it’s FREE, so take the kids for some hours of fun in the beautiful heritage building.

The coffee and food at M&M is very good and the staff delightful! They are my mates.

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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NEW CALYPSO WAREHOUSE IN FREMANTLE

Posted in clothes, coffee, fremantle, retail by freoview on November 18, 2016

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A funky new cafe and clothes shop has opened at Elder Place opposite the Fremantle railway station. The Calypso Warehouse looks inviting, cosy and cute, so check it out when you are down that way.

They sell women and men clothing, coffee and other things.

It is on the corner of the Wilson carpark and next to CODA architects.

Sadly further in town at the Piazza the Red Cherries coffee bar has closed but they now operate the cafe in the Fremantle Markets food yard section on weekends.

Roel Loopers

NOTRE DAME UNI SIGNIFICANT FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in economy, education, fremantle, hospitality, notre dame university by freoview on October 19, 2016

I am a big fan of Fremantle’s Notre Dame University but believe the significance of the university to the Fremantle economy has almost slipped unnoticed under the radar of many in our community with some complaining the uni, like every other educational institution in Australia, does not pay council rates.

What UNDA has done is building a very strong brand with high academic acclaim and student satisfaction in the historic West End of Fremantle that attracts more than 6,000 students a year to the campus who are being looked after by around 1,700 staff and lecturers. That is over 7,700 people buying coffee and meals in Freo! It is estimated that the students alone contribute $ 1 million a year to the cafe industry.

When we talk about economic revitalisation we mention a possible 1,200 Housing Department staff relocating to Kings Square, 160 staff the Mediterranean Shipping Company in Cliff Street has brought in and some 200 people now working at the new Atwell Arcade building. That is all great but it also shows how important Notre Dame is for Freo’s hospitality and retail as it alone brings five times more people into Fremantle than those three examples combined.

Most cafes in Fremantle’s West End would not survive without the university, as they and tourism create the numbers that make these small businesses viable. Together with the weekend attraction of Fremantle to suburban visitors this helps make cafes successful all week.

So when you think that Notre Dame does not contribute enough to Fremantle, think about all the people who have jobs in cafes mainly because they get supported by students and staff of the uni, and also have a look at how well they look after the beautiful heritage buildings they occupy.

The one major disappointment for me is the lack of student accommodation in Fremantle and the exodus of students late afternoons. I hope the City of Fremantle and Notre Dame University will collaborate on improving that. What about COF offering UNDA a block of land at the Knutsford Street workshops site for a 49-year peppercorn rent or so, where UNDA can build a student apartment block close to public transport and only a ten-minute bike ride to uni?

Notre Dame does tours of the campus where one can see the stunning adaptive re-use of the heritage buildings, and while there keep an eye out for some outstanding Aboriginal art work on the walls. The free tours are being held every Friday morning. Contact UNDA for information.

Roel Loopers

RELAXING AT FREMANTLE ARTS CENTRE

Posted in alfresco, art, cafe, fremantle, fremantle arts centre by freoview on October 10, 2016

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It’s warming up at the start of this week, so get the shorts and minis ready for a couple of days. The beaches and alfresco cafes will be inviting and the Fremantle Arts Centre is a lovely colourful and historic spot to relax at, and it has free wifi!

The great Fremantle Print Award exhibition is still on, so go and spend an hour or long lunch at the FAC!

Roel Loopers

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FREO’S LITTLE ITALY BY THE SEA FESTIVAL

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Buon giorno!

Fremantle will host another festival this summer on the weekend of October 29 and 30, in conjunction with the Blessing of the Fleet. The Little Italy by the Sea festival will be held at Bathers Beach and the Fishing Boat Harbour and will also be the venue for the Australian Specialty Coffee Championships 2016.

The weekend will be a celebration of Italian culture, food, coffee, art, dance and music, while “Piazza Italia” will be a bustling cafe strip. Belissima!

I am only hoping now there won’t be many business people complaining and saying these kind of events take business away from those who pay rent in the inner city, as the piazza is basically a market with stalls.

I love Freo’s summer of festivals and events and hope the entire community and people from all over Perth will embrace and enjoy it. Uno double Espresso per favore!

Roel Loopers

 

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