Food­ies give Subi a serve

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Healthy Communities - By ROSANNA CAN­DLER

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.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d425367

Aleks Kesic from Lit­tle Pantry, Gav Bellinger from Dou­ble Dou­ble and Lyly Phan and Ron­ald Ngo, of Ar­chi­tects and He­roes.

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