Cafe wins bid for more cus­tomers

Guardian Express - - NEWS - By JULIAN WRIGHT

DE­SPITE staunch re­sis­tance from neigh­bours, De­jaxo cafe’s pa­tron limit has been in­creased from 15 to 35.

More than a year af­ter the cafe owner’s ap­pli­ca­tion for an in­crease to 40 was knocked back by City of Vin­cent coun­cil, the new limit was granted with a list of con­di­tions at­tached.

Res­i­dents who have been fight­ing the in­crease fronted the Septem­ber 19 coun­cil meet­ing again, ar­gu­ing noise, park­ing, traf­fic and safety on Coogee Street, Mt Hawthorn were ma­jor con­cerns.

One res­i­dent, who lives across the road from the for­mer deli, said she could no longer re­lax in her front yard on week­end morn­ings.

“My front door is 20m from the cafe front door and the out­door seat­ing area,” she said. “I can’t re­lax in my front yard with a book any­more.”

Gary Shyer ar­gued the lo­ca­tion of the cafe in an R30 Res­i­den­tial zoned area was in­ap­pro­pri­ate.

“It is in a res­i­den­tial area just a few hun­dred me­tres from two vi­brant cafe strips,” he said.

“There is a need for peo­ple who live here to re­treat from that.”

Deputy Mayor Roslyn Har­ley sup­ported the in­crease and said she had spo­ken to peo­ple who used to be against an in­crease, but had since changed their mind and were cus­tomers.

She praised the cafe own­ers and said peo­ple tak­ing ad­van­tage of the sur­round­ing un­re­stricted street park­ing were not all nec­es­sar­ily cafe cus­tomers.

Coun­cil­lor Matt Buck­els said he was not so com­pli­men­tary of the own­ers.

“This ap­pli­ca­tion an­noys me, I feel like we are be­ing hood­winked into ap­prov­ing it,” he said.

“Coun­cil al­lowed a hole-in-the­wall cafe for 15 peo­ple in a res­i­den­tial set­ting; I think there was an ex­pec­ta­tion this was al­ways go­ing to be a big­ger cafe.”

Co-owner Kate Nebbs said re­cently she had to turn away cus­tomers be­cause of the 15-per­son limit.

“It’s very dis­tress­ing as a busi­ness owner to have to turn away peo­ple on a reg­u­lar ba­sis, par­tic­u­larly if these peo­ple have of­ten walked down… we think that many of them won’t re­turn,” she said.

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