Small bar proposal for Bayswater
THE Bayswater town centre could gain its first boutique wine store and small bar at a 100-year-old heritage site if the owners obtain approvals from Bayswater Council and the Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor.
Mt Lawley couple and 13 King William Street co-owners Matt Hayes and Simone Robeson have submitted an application for proposed alterations and change of use to a boutique wine store, cafe and small bar, which went out for public comment until October 31.
The proposed store would hold wine education evenings and events including tastings, would be open from 9am-9pm on Wednesdays and 9am-11pm Thursdays to Sundays, and have two staff members.
The proposed cafe and small bar would serve coffee and snack food during the day, with the ability to serve alcohol and bar snacks, operate as a small bar and hire two to three staff members.
Bayswater Mayor Dan Bull said the City received 24 submissions, most of which were supportive of the application, which will be considered by councillors at their December 5 committee meeting.
Ms Robeson, who is an architect, said the couple bought the property last year and decided against developing high rise apartments in light of recent market trends.
She said the application for a tavern licence for the wine store was pending approval.
Mr Hayes said he was passionate about wine and the store’s focus would be on boutique, sustainable and affordable wine.
“Knowing that the Bayswater community is fully behind the project and making it a more lively zone is exciting,” he said.
“Even though we have sommeliers running it, it is going to be unpretentious and approachable.”
Matt Hayes at the Bayswater heritage site he hopes to transform to a small bar.