Small bar pro­posal for Bayswa­ter

Eastern Reporter - - Front Page - Kristie Lim

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.”

Pic­ture: Bruce Hunt d475738

Matt Hayes at the Bayswa­ter her­itage site he hopes to trans­form to a small bar.

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