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PHOTOS OF A FREO SUNDAY STROLL

 

tourists

 

Here a few happy snaps I took around Fremantle on this glorious Sunday.

It was surprisingly quiet on the Cappuccino Strip but the Fishing Boat Harbour was buzzing with foreign tourists, mainly from Malaysia.

My favourite little cafe Chalkys just below the Roundhouse in historic High Street was also doing well and they deserve it because they have great staff, owners, coffee and food.

ROEL LOOPERS

 

THE BIG DOUBLE ESPRESSO NO NO!

Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, coffee, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on May 27, 2019

 

This is a friendly messages to all those baristas out there in Freo coffee paradise. It is about the big NO NO! when you are asked to make a double espresso.

It is a small request only but it makes a big difference to people like I who only drink double espresso.

Do NOT pour a double espresso into a large coffee cup that is made for Cappuccino, flat white, etc. If you fear double espresso does not fit in the small espresso cup-and you are wrong about that-pour the coffee into a small Macchiato glass instead, but NEVER in a BIG cup!

There are two reasons for this No No. It looks pretty stupid to get a huge cup with just a bottom full of coffee, and the double espresso cools down way too fast in a big cup, even more so because many cafes do not serve very hot coffee anyway.

Thanks you so much!

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE WELCOMES SOMA KITCHEN

Posted in bar, cafe, city of fremantle, food, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on May 23, 2019

 

 

Fremantle has a lovely new restaurant, bar, cafe and bakery in Little Market Street behind Gino’s and the Dome. SOMA Kitchen has opened its doors and it looks very welcoming and cosy.

International beers and a great wine list enhance the Southern European food on offer, that is merged with North African and Middle Eastern influences.

It is nice and relaxing to sit in the alfresco area without buses and cars in your face, so wander over soon and give it a try. I will for sure!

It is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Roel Loopers

THIS IS….ALL OF US IN FREO

Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, hospitality, local government, marketing, PR,, Uncategorized by freoview on May 13, 2019

 

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Tiny High Street cafe BLINK has embraced the new Freo destination marketing slogan This is Fremantle and made their own This is Blink sign.

Would be nice to see a few more retailers doing it and reinforcing the message!

I need to get a T-Shirt made now This is Loopy!

Roel Loopers

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COLOURS OF FREMANTLE

Posted in bicycles, cafe, city of fremantle, hospitality, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on April 30, 2019

 

Gino's

 

At the back of Gino’s in Fremantle’s Little Market Street this morning.

Roel Loopers

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BUSY MORNING AT ROTTNEST FERRY TERMINAL

 

B Shed

 

There is always a photo opportunity in picture perfect Fremantle, so here one I took at the B Shed cafe and Rottnest Island ferry terminal on Victoria Quay yesterday morning.

People waiting to board a ferry, three navy ships at berth, and wake-up coffees at theĀ  cafe.

Roel Loopers

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CALOGERO’S ALFRESCO GETS APPROVAL

Posted in alfresco, cafe, city of fremantle, development, hospitality, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on February 28, 2019

 

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South Fremantle’s Calogero’s cafe are allowed to keep their unauthorised alfresco area after Fremantle Council reluctantly agreed to approve it with some modest modifications such as providing substantial bike racks.

The main issue with the unauthorised development was the removal of four car parking bays from the site to make way for tables and benches, but Councillor Dave Hume argued that there were other means, such as the CAT bus to get to the area and it did not rely on cars only as transport.

Councillor Andrew Sullivan said that when he looked at the alfresco from a community perspective it worked and he would not swap the ambience it created for a few car bays.

But Councillor Rachel Pemberton was not at all happy with the cavalier-attitude of the cafe owners who seem to think they can just do anything they like and ignore council laws and processes.

Now the cafe owners will have to put bike racks in the cross-over so that they cannot park their delivery van there either, so they’d better get on with that fast.

My one comment about this is that I in general don’t like retrospective approval, but I also don’t get it that it is o.k. for cafes to take street parking bays away to create alfresco parklets but that one cannot do that on one’s own property. That makes little sense to me.

Roel Loopers

 

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JUNGLE BIRD OPENS IN FREO’S WEST END

Posted in bar, cafe, city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on February 11, 2019

 

jungle bird

 

The old sailors used to like a bit of rum in their coffee, so the new bar and cafe on the corner of Pakenham and High Street in Fremantle’s West End is well suited to them.

JUNGLE BIRD rum&coffee has replaced the former Mrs Chats bar next to the newsagency and opposite Bitches Brew framers and art space.

Roel Loopers

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IT IS A COUNCIL NO FOR CALOGERO’S ALFRESCO

Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, hospitality, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on February 7, 2019

 

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The unauthorised alfresco area on the Calogero’s property on South Terrace in South Fremantle will have to be dismantled as the Planning Committee of the City of Fremantle last night refused the retrospective approval for it.

The removal of four parking bays from the site was the main concern for the elected members who were against it, but Councillor Dave Hume said that ratepayers paid for the CAT bus so people did not have to use their own vehicle to get to the cafe.

Councillor Rachel Pemberton said the proposal needed good planning, and not the ad-hoc way it had been dealt with by the applicants. “Does the area really need another cafe?” she questioned.

Planning Committee chair Jon Strachan said he supported the refusal because the applicant needed a wake-up call, as work needed to be done on the ad-hoc application.

Roel Loopers

CAR BAYS OR STREET BEAUTIFICATION IN SOUTH FREO?

Posted in alfresco, cafe, cars, city of fremantle, local government, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on February 2, 2019

 

 

The alfresco area of Calogero’s in South Fremantle is in doubt with the Officers’ Recommendation for this Wednesday’s Ordinary Council meeting for the retrospective application to be refused due to lack of parking and the removal of previous car bays on the site.

I personally like the little hub from Little Lefroy Road to Jenkin Street with the cafes and restaurants, but there is no doubt that lack of parking is an issue in the area, but will the addition of two car bays really make a significant difference and is it enough to demand the removal of the large alfresco area?

That stretch of South Terrace is due for more traffic calming and making the area look more residential, so that motorists are encouraged to slow down, so a large alfresco area helps to achieve that, probably more than adding two car bays.

It will be interesting to observe if Fremantle Councillors agree with the officers or if they are more interested in the visual appeal of the Little Lefroy hub with street furniture, trees, bike racks or more parked cars.

Roel Loopers

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