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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

SOUTH FREO CALOGERO’S FUTURE IN DOUBT

 

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The future of CALOGERO’S  as a restaurant is in doubt with the officers’ recommendation to the City of Fremantle Planning Committee to refuse the late approval sought for the unauthorised partial use to restaurant and additions to the existing building.

The South Fremantle groceries shop, which is next to the Port City Roasters, received an interior facelift some years ago, and they also added a small cafe, but have now converted the entire four-bay carpark into an alfresco restaurant without the necessary planning approval.

CoF officers argue that the removal of the parking bays affects parking in the area, which is at a premium most of the day because of all the cafes and restaurants between Leffroy Road and Jenkin Street.

The delayed seeking of approval is for a 30 seat outdoor and 16 seat indoor restaurant with the shop remaining the primary use of the two-storey premises.

The item is on Wednesday’s Planning Committee agenda, which starts at 6pm at the North Fremantle community hall.

Roel Loopers

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SUNSET AT FREO’S BATHERS BEACH

Posted in bathers beach, city of fremantle, hospitality, sunset, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on November 13, 2018

 

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Sunset at Fremantle’s inner city Bathers Beach today. Taken from the top floor of the Bathers Beach House restaurant. Perth’ only real beach dining and wining!

Roel Loopers

LAPA PARKLET NO MORE

Posted in alfresco, city of fremantle, hospitality, parking, parklet, Uncategorized by freoview on November 13, 2018

 

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Interesting to note that the Brazilian carnivore paradise LAPA in Fremantle’s High Street got rid of their alfresco parklet.

I wonder if they have to make way for more police car parking or if the alfresco was not worth the money because it was rarely used by patrons.

And talking about parking, several parking bays in front of the Esplanade Hotel on Marine Terrace have disappeared to make way for a taxi rank, that used to be in Collie Street.

Roel Loopers

FREO’S KULCHA SOON REACTIVATED

Posted in city of fremantle, culture, food, heritage, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on October 4, 2018

 

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There is an application for a liquor license on the former Kulcha building on Fremantle’s Cappuccino Strip, so it looks like the new lessees will soon start with their restaurant and live music venue above the Dome cafe in the gorgeous building.

Roel Loopers

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THE COAST IS FINE

Posted in beaches, food, fremantle, hospitality by freoview on October 19, 2016

The new COAST restaurant at Fremantle’s Port Beach looks very impressive and will officially open in a few weeks, but I noticed the cafe was already serving coffee this morning, so check it out.

It looks like the building is done in three parts, one more upmarket for fine dining, a bar, and a beach-style family venue at the western end of it.

It feels a whole lot better than the outlet that was there before, but I could not see any alfresco.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE TO TAKE AWAY FAST F(L)OOD

Posted in city of fremantle, food, fremantle, hospitality, local government, tourism, western australia by freoview on September 4, 2016

The Planning Committee of the City of Fremantle will this Wednesday deliberate to limit the concentration of fast food outlets, cafes and restaurants in the inner city, with a possible amendment to the City’s planning scheme.

Research overseas shows that an oversupply of these kind of businesses can have a potentially negative impact on the character and vitality of a city centre and the so-called high street. The modern trend is significantly changing the role of the ‘high street.’

It is believe that an inner city and ‘high street’ becomes more attractive if it is built on the unique attributes and character of place and to differentiate it from other (shopping) centres.

A lack of diversity in retail impacts negatively on the footfall of an area, studies have shown.

The aim of the amendment is not to stop new fast food, cafes, restaurants and take-aways in Fremantle but to spread them out more to prevent excessive concentration of them in the same street(s), e.g. Cappuccino Strip.

Also on the agenda on Wednesday is the application for a small bar in the former Weigh Bridge in the roundabout at Phillimore and Cliff Streets.

Roel Loopers

 

SAD CLOSURE OF POPULAR FREO CAFE

Posted in beaches, cafe, fremantle, hospitality, western australia by freoview on August 1, 2016

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It is a shame to see the closure of what I thought was the very popular Pickled Fig Cafe at South Beach. They were packing up today and I don’t know if someone will take that prime beach location over from them.

At Port Beach Salt on the Beach closed mid June but they are developing the site, however what it is going to be is shrouded in secrecy. Someone even came out today asking why I was taking photos and told me they would not disclose yet what they are doing with the site. I hear it might be a bar/restaurant, so time will tell.

Roel Loopers

THE BACK OF FREO FACADES

Posted in fremantle, hospitality, western australia by freoview on May 4, 2016

 

The world is full of facades that don’t always tell the whole story of politicians, ourselves, buildings and streetscapes, so here a different view of the Fremantle Cappuccino Strip. The back of it.

The delightful toilet mural by Lady Bananas at Grill’d Burgers, next to the colourful bin section of the Mexican Kitchen and the tired looking Capri backyard.

Roel Loopers

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IS CAP STRIP PART CLOSURE FAIR TO OTHER TRADERS?

Posted in cappuccino strip, city of fremantle by freoview on April 7, 2016

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I know the part closure of the Fremantle Cappuccino Strip on Sundays is only a trial but I’d like to give my five cents worth already.

I don’t understand when there are road closures with huge signs that there is still a need for traffic control people in high visibility all weather gear to be standing around all day doing nothing, as the traffic control is done by signage and does not require human intervention during the period of the closure.

There were at least four such people last Sunday from around 9 am till 10 pm, so that is a cost the City of Fremantle does not have to have. That also applies to other events and festivals where the yellow and orange people are just engaging in people watching and take no active part in traffic control once they have put the signs in place. This is not an attack on the traffic controllers but I am asking why are they there all day when they are not needed?

Unfair trading is also something Council needs to consider as those cafes, bars, restaurants who are operating outside the closed part of the Cap Strip are disadvantaged as they can not have more tables and seats outside, while those within the area can double their alfresco areas. That is not fair and affects profits. There is a herd mentality in humans, so most people will want to be where the crowd is and that is within the closed off part of the street.

I cannot see a reason why the road could not be closed from Essex Street to High Street, as traffic from the South to the Colllie Street carpark can be diverted into Essex, right into the laneway behind the Mexican Kitchen and then left into Collie for parking or to continue to the Esplanade or right into Pakenham through to the west end and Philimore Street.

Traffic should be diverted at the High Street intersection, not at Bannister Street. There is no benefit in allowing cars to drive down Market, turn right into Bannister, then right into Pakenham and then left into High Street, so one might as well put market stalls and/or buskers in Market Street between High and Bannister.

I was at last week’s event  from 10.30 till 12.30 and there were no buskers during that time. I was told one did not turn up at 10 am. There needs to be more and constant entertainment and the facepaint fairy tent should be brought to the corner of Market and the Cappuccino Strip, so that families can easier find it.

I like the idea of a permanent closure of the Strip on Sundays, especially during the warmer months, but it needs to be fine tuned a bit. We also need to find out if those who now extend their alfresco areas without paying for it would be happy to pay for the additional space.

Roel Loopers

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