Buy­ing Mille open and shut case for garage guy

Guardian Express - - CITY OF STIRLING -

SOME peo­ple spoil them­selves on their birth­day – this year Chris Can­ning bought him­self prime Beau­fort Street real es­tate to open a restau­rant.

When Mille Cafe closed in Fe­bru­ary this year, Mr Can­ning, whose back­ground is in garage door man­u­fac­tur­ing, saw an op­por­tu­nity he could not pass up.

The In­gle­wood res­i­dent of 12 years bought the space on May 11 and one week later, ren­o­va­tions were un­der­way for Mille on Beau­fort.

“This is my first ven­ture into hospi­tal­ity, but it has al­ways been a pas­sion,” he said.

“Garage doors are a pur­pose­ful prod­uct; you push the but­ton and the door goes up or down – there is no emo­tional ful­fil­ment – but in hospi­tal­ity there is.”

Mr Can­ning said the space was gut­ted, strip­ping it of its for­mer Ital­ian theme to cre­ate a new one: old Aus­tralian/English charm.

“It is a restau­rant now; we dumped the ‘cafe’ part of the name and com­pletely ren­o­vated. It needed a lot of work; it had not been looked af­ter as it should have been,” he said.

“We re­painted the walls, re­moved the plas­ter and ren­der to make it look semi-in­dus­trial and brought in a lo­cal artist to paint a mu­ral on the wall.

“We are go­ing for a fam­i­lyfriendly, af­ford­able place.”

With head chef Martin Law­ley cre­at­ing a mod­ern Aus­tralian menu with his team, Mr Can­ning said he planned to scale back on his in­volve­ment in garage door mak­ing.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie

Mille on Beau­fort owner Chris Can­ning with head chef Martin Law­ley. d475010

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