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Goldfields' most prominent hotel joins the national backlash.

Kalgoorlie pub challenges midnight lockout


Amid a national backlash against hotel lockouts, Kalgoorlie’s most prominent pub has applied to have a ban on patrons entering its premises after midnight done away with.

Proprietors of the pictured Exchange Hotel have asked the state liquor watchdog to remove a midnight lockout that has applied since October 2010 at the venue, on Kalgoorlie’s historic Hannan Street.

Hannan Street has long had a problem with alcohol-fueled violence.

However, in an application to the state liquor licensing director, hotel owner Filigree Holdings Pty Ltd argues the “liquor and hospitality landscape” has changed markedly since October 2010 when the midnight lockout was imposed.

Since then, the nearby De Bernales night club has morphed into a restaurant, Sylvester’s nightclub has closed down, and The Exchange’s Paddy’s Ale House set up as an Irish-themed night club is now a bar-cum-restaurant.

Filigree says there is now only one nightclub operating in the area – the Gold Bar.

If the licensing director does decide to overturn the lockout at The Exchange, patrons will be allowed to enter until 1am on Mondays and Tuesdays, and 2am Wednesdays to Saturdays. The hotel closes at midnight on Sundays.

In 2013, not long after the pub was bought by Leederville-registered Filigree Holdings owned by Kalgoorlie-based accountant Lawson Douglas and property developer David Allan, Filigree successfully applied to have the lockout relaxed for a four-day Diggers and Dealers Conference.

That application also sought approval for adult entertainment, with Filigree arguing The Exchange’s skimpy barmaids were a world famous tourist attraction. The current application argues there were no “incidents” during the usual lockout period.

Lockouts have been implemented at night spots across Western Australia, and are now being trialled or implemented in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and South Australia.

In the eastern states, lockouts are becoming increasingly unpopular with musicians and venue owners who argue they will turn the likes of Kings Cross and Surfers Paradise into big old Dullsvilles.

Photo: ‘Jarrah Tree’, wikimedia commons under Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Australia Licence.

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'Mr Scarborough' moves on from his role in drunken quokka shocker.

Wallabies star plans Scarbs beach bar


EXCLUSIVE: Australian rugby international Richard Brown has moved on from his role in the infamous ‘quokka shocker’ incident at a drunken Rottnest Island bonding session a decade ago to launch a beach bar at Scarborough.

Brown, who rose to rugby fame as a foundation player with The Western Force, and played 23 games for The Wallabies, is now a qualified bouncer.

He was pretty handy around the paddock, but played his last Test in 2010 after suffering serious shoulder injuries. He left The Western Force in 2013.

Now Brown is one of three directors of the planned Sunset Boulevard Beach Club, the rocky approval process of which has been progressively revealed by

After being kicked into touch by the City of Stirling and then by the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, scaled back plans for the beach bar were thrown back into the planning field of play and approved by the MRA for a 12-month trial.

That was in May last year.

Now Brown, another partner Guy Hodgson, and the brains behind the operation, budding entertainment entrepreneur Robert Redmond, AKA Rob Stoykovski, have lodged a liquor licence application.

The licence application claims Brown, pictured above in his prime, is known locally as “Mr Scarborough”.

Brown and Co. do not mention that, in 2007, the Queensland-bred back-rower was reportedly fined $5000 by The Western Force for mistreating protected quokkas on Rottnest Island during a drunken team bonding session.

At the time, Brown reportedly said he had learned from the quokka shocker and would not make the same mistake again.

The Sunset Boulevard Beach Club is planned for a disused multi-storey car park, pictured, at 1 Manning Street.

Photo of Richard Brown: Cropped from an image by ‘Hamedog’, Wikimedia Commons, under Creative Commons attribution-sharealike 3.0 unported  licence.

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Victim's head hits brick pavement.

Man charged over Murray Street bar attack


A man has been charged over an alleged attack on a patron at a Murray Street bar this morning in which the victim’s head hit a brick pavement.

Police spokesman Samuel Dinnison said that about 12:20am a man, 23, was with friends walking through the courtyard section of the bar.

Mr Dinnison said another man bumped into the 23-year-old who continued on with his friends.

The second man allegedly punched the 23-year-old to the back of his head causing him to lose consciousness.

The victim fell to the ground hitting his head on a table, and then the brick pavement.

He remained unconscious for a considerable amount of time.

He was taken to Royal Perth Hospital where he is being treated for head/facial injuries.

Other patrons of the bar chased after the alleged attacker, and with the help of bouncers detained him until police arrived.

A Nollamara man, 21, has been charged with grievous bodily harm.

He was refused bail and is due to appear in Perth Magistrates Court (Northbridge sitting) today.

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New lease on life for Langley Park landmark.

Cafe plan for sewage pump house


A defunct sewage pump station at Langley Park in East Perth is set to become a cafe.

Perth council officials have recommended that expressions of interest be called to convert the state heritage listed Hill Street Pump Station, pictured, into a “destination cafe”.

A Perth council mailout to 1200 ratepayers resulted in 13 responses, most of which suggested a cafe.

Perth ratepayer Soliman Allam suggested a “classy cafe/restaurant” for the building.

Fellow ratepayer Richard Ng suggested turning the pump station “into a charming old-world Australian-style cafe that serves ONLY Australian fare”.

Harry and Yvonne Marwick thought the pumping station would “make a great themed café/coffee shop, which could act as a pseudo museum or at least a reminder of the early airfield [at Langley Park] and what the foreshore looked like through the city’s evolution”.

The 1914-built pump station was decommissioned in 1989.

A city commitee will debate the cafe proposal on December 8.

Photo: GHD, Langley Water Pump Station Consultation Outcomes Report

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Momentum builds toward return of gutted Perth landmark.

Beer garden ‘important’ for Guildford Hotel


Only its facade will remain much as it was before fire gutted the Guildford Hotel in 2008, but a beer garden is set to return, according to a licence application that demonstrates it’s full steam ahead for a return of the state heritage listed venue.

The application reveals a large al fresco beer garden will coexist alongside several casual indoor drinking and dining areas when the 1883-built hotel rises from the ashes.

The current hotel owners have applied to transfer their existing liquor licence to ESGDJA Pty Ltd, run by Steve Garcia and John Ahern, which operates The George, The Aviary and Wolfe Lane venues in Perth, and The Byrneleigh in Nedlands.

Garcia and Ahern envisage the hotel, pictured here before it burnt down, will be “a home away from home”.

“The Guildford Hotel will be an extension of your own lounge room,” they promise.

“The beer garden will be an important feature of the hotel … and it is envisaged it will be a very popular area for patrons to drink and dine.”

The target market for the resurrected hotel will mainly be local residents, workers and business owners aged 40 and above.

“They will characteristically have disposable income allowing them to treat themselves regularly and, on occasions, friends to a night out,” the application asserts.

Generation Y locals between the ages of 21 and 35 will take a back seat for a change, as the hotel’s secondary market.

“This group of patrons will no longer have to travel to the city,” the application promises.

“Typically this group of patrons will socialise on the weeknights and generally will have a high disposable income for social outings and eating out.”

Tourists, and day trippers from the big smoke, will be a tertiary target market.

Live music is envisaged from 5pm to 11pm on Fridays, 1pm to 4pm and 8pm to 11pm on Saturdays, and of course, for Perth’s quintessential Sunday sesh.

Anyone wishing to comment on the liquor licence application can do so here.

And tell ’em oneperth sent ya.

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And officials don't find her scheme hard to Swallow.

MacTiernan plans a bigger bar


Federal Member for Perth Alannah MacTiernan plans to expand her small bar at Maylands and council officials say she should be allowed.

In 2011, revealed Ms MacTiernan had been granted a liquor licence to open her Swallow wine bar overlooking the train tracks at Whatley Crescent.

Now her bar manager Meredith Bastian has applied to expand the bar into the adjacent former station master’s house, as pictured.

Swallow bar MaylandsThe station master’s house was built in 1902 and is on the state heritage list. But state heritage office agrees has no problem with Ms MacTiernan’s mooted bar extension because it is planned for the back of the building.

Bayswater city planners have recommended their political masters approve the bar expansion at a council meeting to be held on Tuesday night.

The extension is 24.8 sqm in size.

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Southwest town will never be the same, as Rinehart milkery makes its secretive move.

Gina’s dairyland obscured from public view


SEPTEMBER 3 UPDATE: On September 1, a state assessment panel unanimously approved the Bannister Downs expansion plans, after the Shire of Manjimup agreed to withhold information from the public. Manjimup Shire public relations officer Gina Nieuwendyk refused to answer questions over precisely what information was withheld, whether any elected officials had a say in the process, whether any of them declared an interest in the project, and whether the shire acknowledged that obscuring the plans from public view was a factor in not one public submission being received on this town-transforming project. Ms Nieuwendyk initially claimed the council was “unable to comment on the basis that this application is part of a statutory process” to be considered by a state planning panel. Soon after the state panel had made its decision, relodged its questions with Ms Nieuwendyk. We received nothing from her but stony silence. You can read our unanswered questions here.

EXCLUSIVE: The tiny town of Northcliffe in Southwest WA is in for a big shakeup with a local dairy set to increase its output sixfold, and throw its doors open to busloads of tourists, thanks to a $22 million revamp catalysed by a cashed-up Gina Rinehart and obscured from public view during a recent consultation period.

Mrs Rinehart, Australia’s richest person, bought into Northcliffe’s Bannister Downs dairy in December last year.

Northcliffe, Population 412, sits about 350 kilometres south of Perth, and Bannister Downs is already one of the town’s main employers.

Bannister Downs development has learned that, if approved by a state assessment panel at a meeting in Manjimup’s shire offices at 2pm on September 1, the $22 million dairy overhaul (pictured) will allow Bannister Downs to operate 24 hours a day.

“We recognise that the new … creamery will have a considerable impact for the town of Northcliffe, bringing in tourists, visitors, workers and new business,” says a Bannister Downs document seen by

“Despite its location, some seven kilometres away from the town centre, the new facility has an important civic role to play in creating a memorable destination for Northcliffe.”

Bannister Downs Northcliffle project can reveal that the pictured dairy has already received the support of Manjimup shire, after the shire agreed to hide details of the project from public view.

At the request of Bannister Downs, the shire took the unusual step of withholding information on the detailed operation and layout of the planned dairy from the Northcliffe community, in order to maintain the company’s commercial confidentiality.

At the end of a two-week consultation period that was advertised in a regional ‘news’paper, not one objection was lodged on the futuristic concept.

Bannister Downs dairy plans“None of the information that was removed affected the public’s ability to ascertain the type, nature or size of the development proposed,” asserts a shire document seen by

The images, published here for the first time by a news outlet, but drafted for Bannister Downs co-owners Sue and Matt Daubney in May, were marked: “IN CONFIDENCE NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION”.

Bannister Downs was founded by the locally-prominent Daubney family in 1924.

Marketing itself as “global leaders in ethical dairy”, the company specialises in high-end milk products now available throughout metropolitan Perth.

Bannister Downs development plansThe farm has reached its production limit of 5 million litres a year, and Bannister Downs wants to increase that sixfold, to 30 million litres.

A new dairy, milk production plant, 56-seat public café, offices and 59 car bays are on the cards in and around a 5000sqm, two-floor building.

Also planned are an automated milking rotary that’s capable of handling a herd of 500 cows.

Bannister Downs has told the shire it intends to keep focusing on the production of fresh milk and related products, including flavoured milk and cream.

The dairy says that making the plant accessible to the public will promote “the corporate image of Bannister Downs as a sustainable and innovative company”.

Images: Bosske Architecture, Mt Lawley.

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Southwest brewery under 'great pressure from the public', says owner in face of localised opposition.

Moody Cow ‘desperate’ to up patronage


The operator of a boutique brewery in the state’s Southwest says he is “desperate” to increase the venue’s maximum patronage from 120 to 200, after four local households succeeded in kyboshing the extra punters earlier this year.

Grant McClintock has been running his Moody Cow brewery on a big block at Dardanup since May 2010. Late in 2013, he managed to lure Australian jazz virtuoso James Morrison to blow his trumpet at the brewery.

However, a decision by the state’s liquor licensing director to approve an increase in patronage from 120 to 200 was overturned by the WA Liquor Commissioner in January. This was after Ferguson Valley locals Tyrell and Jennifer Gardiner, Brian Humphreys, Michael and Irene Bell, and Stephen and Catherine Miller objected to the director’s decision.

Now, in a new liquor licence application, Mr McClintock says he is under “great pressure from the public” to cater for more patrons.

He also says he has “reached a point of desperation” in terms of needing the increase in capacity to meet public demand.

Chairman of the Ferguson Valley Marketing & Promotions Inc., Mick Bennett, who is also Dardanup Shire president, recently wrote to tell Mr McClintock his brewery had doubled tourism to the area.

“You can be proud of the business you have developed in the Valley and my personal belief is that you, and you alone, inclreased the visiopt numbers in the Valley by 100 per cent and all others are the benefactors,” Mr Bennett wrote.

Bunbury mayor Gary Brennan wrote in similarly glowing terms.

“It is a significant drawcard, not just for the ferguson Valley, but for the whole Bunbury region and caters for locals as well as visitors to the region,” Mr Brennan opined.

“Moody Cow brewery is one of the few facilities in our region that offers a truly family friendly atmosphere whilst having very minimal impact on the surrounding environment.”

Objections or letters of support for Moody Cow’s patronage expansion plan must be lodged with the Department of Racing, Gaming & Liquor before September 1.

Moody Cow logo: From the brewery’s liquor licence application.

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Landmark Cottesloe pub wins battle over disgruntled neighbours.

Pub ‘built like megaphone’ gripe dismissed


Complaints that a beach club beer garden at the Cottesloe Beach Hotel is too noisy have been dismissed by the state liquor watchdog.

In 2012, revealed the pub, that has overlooked the beach since its liquor licence was granted in 1905, was set to convert its beer garden into an outdoor ‘beach club’.

Not long after the so-called Cottesloe Beach Club opened, locals and property owners James and Ida Bennett, Barry McKenna, Gail McLay, David Miller, Fulvio Prainio and Dorothy Sadlier complained the new bar was too noisy.

The state liquor licensing director dismissed the complaint, and Mr and Mrs Bennett, and a Dougal McLay, lodged an appeal.

During the original hearing, the McLays handed the licensing director a report, commissioned by the City of Cottesloe, that concluded that on Saturday, February 2, 2013 and Monday, February 2, 2013 noise from the Beach Club exceeded levels allowed by state noise regulations

Mr McLay said that another report prepared for the Cottesloe Beach Hotel demonstrated the pub was “built like a megaphone”.

However, in a written decision handed down this week, Jim Freemantle, who chairs the Western Australian Liquor Commission, rejected the residents’ appeal.

“In this case, it is particularly relevant that the licensed premises has been operating pursuant to a hotel licence since 1905, and that it has operated an open-air beer garden, which has continuously traded since then, other than in 2010 when it was closed for renovations,” Mr Freemantle noted.

“Obviously, all of the applicants moved into the area after 1905 and therefore must expect a certain amount of necessary noise to emanate from the premises.”

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Dalkeith cafe fined for hygiene breaches


The operator of Cimbalino cafe, on the main latte strip of leafy Dalkeith, has been fined more than $11,000 after being convicted of a raft of hygiene offences.

The latest entry on the Department of Health’s convictions register reveals that on March 20 Lee Francis James was fined $11,250 under the state Food Act for offences concerning the operation of Cimbalino, at 105 Waratah Avenue.

Cimbalino, which is a regular caffeine haunt of some of Perth’s richest people, was found not to have stored potentially hazardous food under temperature control.

Nor did the cafe maintain warm running water, or single-use towels unlikely to transfer pathogenic micro-organisms to the hands, at or near each hand-washing basin.

Ms James was also convicted on two counts of failing to ensure Cimbalino was free of accumulated food waste, dirt or grease.

Finally, she was convicted of two counts of failing to take all practicable measures to prevent pests entering the Cimbalino premises.

The charges were brought by the City of Nedlands after health inspections were conducted on March 5 and March 24 last year.

Ms James was also ordered to pay $1282.30 in court costs.

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Subiaco Hotel roof bar was unauthorised


EXCLUSIVE: The licensee of the landmark Subiaco Hotel has been fined $1000 and banned from playing music in a new roof deck bar that was built despite not receiving approval from the state liquor watchdog.

The $1000 penalty and hotel’s non-compliance with the Liquor Control Act were revealed in a decision published today by Brett Snell, a delegate of the state liquor licensing director.

In July, a liquor inspector determined the new bar, mezzanine level and other renovations opened last year, to much fanfare from Perth’s homogeneic band of big media outlets, were unauthorised.

The inspector served the licensee, Ballingarry Pty Ltd, owned by Michael and Judy Monaghan who have operated the hotel since 1971, a $1000 infringement notice that the company paid.


Mr Monaghan is a former president of both the Australian Hotels Association and WA Hotels Association, and was made a Member of the Order of Australia for service to the hospitality industry.

He has served on the boards of the Tourism Council of Western Australia and the Western Australian Tourism Commission.

“However, despite this apparent wealth of knowledge and experience in the liquor industry, as far as I can ascertain, [Ballingarry] has offered up no reason why it undertook the unauthorised alterations to the licensed premises, which is of real concern to me,” Mr Snell noted in his decision.

“Without any relevant explanation, I cannot determine whether this experienced licensee simply made an error of oversight or has knowingly set out on a deliberate course of action in order to achieve the desired alterations, regardless of the law, the interests of the locality or nearby residents.”


Mr Snell concluded that by undertaking the works before obtaining approval, Ballingarry: “effectively impeded the ability of interested persons from making representations or introducing evidence before the works were undertaken”.

“I have serious concerns over the construction of the roof deck bar and given the unusual circumstances of the application I find it difficult to accept [Ballingarry]’s assertion that a lack of objections by nearby residents [during the council planning phase for the renovations] necessarily equates to a lack of concerns,” he noted.

Renovations to the state heritage listed hotel did not proceed smoothly.

After a planned five-storey overhaul of the hotel was rejected by Subiaco council in 2009, a scaled back revamp was revealed by in 2011, and then scaled back again.


Mr Snell expressed concerns that Ballingarry “seemingly ignored,” through “convoluted submissions”, expert evidence in an acoustic report tendered by the company that showed without strict compliance to the report’s recommendations, the roof deck bar would not comply with state noise regulations.

Two of those conditions, opposed by Ballingarry, were that no music be played in the bar, and its doors be closed at all times.

But Mr Snell considered that “the unhindered operations of the roof deck bar will result in ‘unreasonable’ noise emissions being experienced at neighbouring premises and that offence, annoyance, disturbance or inconvenience will be caused to people who reside in the vicinity …”

Accordingly, Mr Snell ordered that the conditions be upheld, two existing speakers in the bar be removed, and a metre-high sound barrier be built around the bar’s balcony.


“… the applicant undertook unauthorised works … and effectively extricated itself from the regulatory regime imposed by the Act,” he noted.

“In my view, this is in itself a very serious matter, which is made even more serious by the extensive experience and knowledge of [Ballingarry].

“… it would be the antithesis of the proper development of the liquor industry for the licensing authority to condone unauthorised alterations where those alterations are likely to have a detrimental effect on nearby residents.”

The roof deck bar can hold 70 people for a cocktail party, or 35 diners. The hotel hires the venue out Mondays to Sundays for $200.

The Act imposes a maximum penalty of $10,000 for making any alteration to a licensed premises without the approval of the liquor licensing director.

Photo: Fiona Bradley, flickr

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Third time lucky for Scarbs rooftop beach bar


** MAY 8 UPDATE: The Sunset Boulevard Beach Club has been approved for a trial period of 12 months, by the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority. The 12-month approval will start from the day the bar-cum-cinema-cum-restaurant opens, and may be extended at the discretion of the MRA. **

After being kicked to the kerb first by the City of Stirling and then by the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, plans for a rooftop beach bar have been scaled back by a local entrepreneur and resubmitted for state approval.

Robert Redmond AKA Rob Stoykovski had hoped the MRA would be more sympathetic to his Sunset Boulevard Beach Club, planned for the roof of the pictured car park overlooking Scarborough Beach, than the City of Stirling which rejected his idea in late 2013.

But on December 4 last year the MRA also refused to approve Mr Redmond’s beach bar, due to the scale of the planned venue and resulting impacts on Scarborough.

Now, Mr Redmond has re-lodged plans, with a 25 per cent reduction in venue capacity from 530 to 400 patrons.

The plans still include a bar, cinema, and restaurant-cum-café, but operations would now be confined to the southern (upper) deck of the venue on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights from 7pm to 10pm.

Mr Redmond has also modified proposed management procedures to include a last call on food and drinks.

You can review and/or comment on Mr Redmond’s revised plans here, until February 20.


Meanwhile, the existing, 750-patron Matisse Beach Club, approved late in 2013 at Scarborough’s Observation City complex, has asked WA’s liquor licensing director to substantially extend its operating hours.

Matisse Beach Club ScarboroughDocuments out for public consultation until February 19 reveal that Matisse (pictured, left) wants to extend its trading hours on:

  • Fridays and Saturdays from the current midnight to 2am;
  • Sundays from the current 10pm to midnight; and
  • Wednesdays and Thursdays from the current midnight to 1am.

You can review and/or comment on the planned extended trading hours here.

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Simulated drink driving at Perth small bar


A small bar where patrons will by definition be allowed to drink, and then hop into a race car simulator and pretend to be a Formula One driver, is on the cards for Northbridge.

Perth businesswoman Pamella Zakostelsky is the brains behind Grid Racing Perth which a liquor licence application lodged on her behalf promises will be “a unique state of the art premise like no other seen before in Western Australia”.

The licence application says Grid Racing Perth will be a place: “where patrons can relax and enjoy food and beverage and a network gaming experience”.

“Grid Racing Perth will offer fresh, authentic comfort food that will take the hospitality experience of being at the race track to the next level,” the licence application says.

The small bar will invite patrons to “experience the thrill of Formula One racing, in one of eight networked race simulators”.

John Kingswood of Marmion, who was surveyed ahead of the licence application, can’t wait for Grid Racing Perth to be given the green light.

“Perth needs something like this, its [sic] unique and with the success of Daniel Riccardo [sic], F1 racing is gaining popularity,” Mr Kingswood opines.

Fellow survey respondent Jason Hyde of North Beach, agrees.

“Finally, an entertainment option other than just a bar,” Mr Hyde proclaims.

The venue would have a 120-patron capacity and offer burgers and snacks.

It would open Sundays to Mondays between 10am and 10pm, and Saturdays between 7am and midnight, at 310 William Street not far from Newcastle Street.

Photo from liquor licence application prepared for The Grid Racing Perth Racing Pty Ltd by Hospitality Total Services (Aus) Pty Ltd.

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Small bar thumb’s up for Ace Pizza


Moves to morph a row of toilets behind Beaufort Street’s Ace Pizza into a 120-person, seven-day-a-week, 1950s-style small bar have been recommended for approval amid pointed social commentary from the proponent on purported drinking habits of low income earners. can reveal that Ace Pizza owner Alex Cuccovia wants to call the new small bar ‘In Good Company’, possibly as a compliment to his trendy pizza palace, or to the adjoining Luxe Bar, or to his small bar’s envisaged clientele.

“Being tucked away from the street means not having to engage the irrational or unreasonable people that frequent Beaufort Street from time to time,” a document prepared by architect Bruce Arnold on behalf of Mr Cuccovia opines of the clientele they wish to weed out.

“The style of the venue and the products by their very nature will not be supportive of binge drinking nor will it support the groups of lower earning capacity who are more at home with barn style pub drinking.

“In Good Company will be developed as a place for locals and the discerning customer who wish to drop in and socialise on the way home; or before a meal in the locality, or after a feed on the street or anytime they wish to enjoy a great atmosphere.”

A local of well-heeled Mt Lawley for the past 25 years, Mr Cuccovia has at one time of another operated Cantina 663, Clarence’s, El Publico, and Mary Street Bakery.

Until gentrification set in, the suburb of Highgate, where Mr Cuccovia wants to build his bar by demolishing a row of toilets behind the pizza restaurant, was inhabited mainly by people of lower earning capacity.

City of Vincent planners have recommended that In Good Company receive development approval.

So, all that now stands between Mr Cuccovia and his small bar are a vote by Vincent city councillors slated for February 10, then the glassy gaze of the state liquor licensing director.

If approved, In Good Company would have a courtyard and a 1950s theme reminiscent of the set from Mad Men.

The bar would operate Mondays to Fridays late afternoon to midnight, Saturdays lunchtime to midnight, and Sundays lunchtime to 10pm.

Pizzas would be served.

Photo: ‘Shpernik088’, Wikimedia Commons

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