I had a busy day yesterday that started in the morning with photographing the heritage-listed Warders Cottages which are being restored, and ended late afternoon with photographing the fully restored historic Gunners Cottages, before going to Fremantle Council to hear there that the Townhall will also be restored, so a very good day for heritage in Fremantle.
I was a bit early for the Council meeting, so wandered around Freo and took these late light photos of the Cappuccino Strip and Sail&Anchor pub.
Get ready for car free Cappuccino Strip Sundays during three weekends in April!
A very nice-looking new cafe/bar has opened on the Fremantle Cappuccino Strip. Salted Board looks lovely opposite The Monk so try it out and support a new local business. I will check it out later this week.
Alfresco is the new black in Fremantle with new so-called parklets and other outdoor eating and drinking areas popping up all around town. The Newport Hotel on the Cappuccino Strip and the Ball&Chain bar at the Esplanade Hotel created two good-looking ones.
The City of Fremantle is seeking proposals for the commercial lease of the iconic Evan Davies Building which sits in the heart of the cappuccino strip.
The former KULCHA building above the DOME cafe includes a bar, stage, DJ box, open function space, office, male/female toilets, kitchen and a large balcony.
Proposals should include how it will add value to Fremantle and the community as well as demonstrate strong financial viability and a solid business plan. Proposals close Wednesday 8 April. Visit http://www.fremantle.wa.gov.au/evandavieseoi
The City of Fremantle noticeboard advertisement in the Fremantle Gazette today announces the weekend closure trial of Market Street starting the weekend of March 27. The street will be closed from 5 pm on Friday until 11 pm on Sunday, as part of a trial to make Market Street into a pedestrian only zone.
If the closure applies to all of Market Street it would also mean one way traffic along the Cappuccino Strip as traffic from the north would have to be diverted along Phillimore Street and the West End, while traffic coming from the South along South Terrace would have to be diverted either through Collie or Bannister street.
It would also mean blocking off Cantonment Street, so there will be traffic chaos galore unless very good traffic management is in place.
STOP PRESS! the City now advises me this only applies to the tiny Market Street ‘piazza’ behind Gino’s between Nairn Street and South Terrace. Not sure why that was not communicated in the advertisement. It would have helped to avoid misunderstandings.
It has been unusually busy in Fremantle on week days lately and today was the same again with a large number of people at Bathers Beach and the Fishing Boat Harbour, but the alfresco cafes along the Cappuccino Strip were also doing well.
I took the ‘Sunset Dinner at Joe’s’ and ‘Summertime‘ photos around 7 pm today. It’s hard not to love Freo!
It was very unusual to see so many people in Fremantle on a Monday. Normally during the first half of the week good old Freo looks a bit like a ghost town, but the festive season and school holidays made a significant difference today. The alfresco cafes were trading well and people were parading along the Cappuccino Strip like they generally only do on weekends. The Fishing Boat Harbour was also not deserted so the whole place had a really nice buzz about it. If only we could have that all year. It would make our retailers very happy.
For Fremantle artist and unique very Freo identity Horatio B. Birdbath Christmas arrived early today when he saw the planter boxes with his art design on the Cappuccino Strip. The panels were manufactured in Italy and took a little longer than anticipated but they look colourful and fresh and are a loveley addition to the strip.