Foodies give Subi a serve
OWNERS of three small businesses say they never would have opened in Subiaco had they known how “incompetent and unsupportive” the City of Subiaco was to local hospitality.
Ronald Ngo and Lyly Phan from Rokeby Road cafe Architects and Heroes, Hay Street small bar Double Double owner Gav Bellinger and The Little Pantry in Shenton Park owner Aleks Kesic say they are struggling with the City’s alfresco dining restrictions.
“If I had known this was the level of support, I would definitely not have chosen Subiaco,” Mr Bellinger said.
“With the declining economy in Subiaco and empty shops everywhere, most likely a direct result of the City sitting on its hands, I would probably consider leaving.”
Ms Kesic said that although she was glad the council was working to change the laws and give more flexibility to alfresco and street trading, it was “too little, too late”.
“I can only imagine how difficult it is for businesses not so lucky to be as successful as we are who are struggling to survive plus deal with such narrow- minded, out- oftouch people at the City,” she said.
Aleks Kesic from Little Pantry, Gav Bellinger from Double Double and Lyly Phan and Ronald Ngo, of Architects and Heroes.