ALFRESCO IS THE IN-THING TO DO
SUBIACO needs to follow the lead of Claremont by encouraging alfresco dining in its town centre. For several years now, the Town of Claremont has abolished alfresco dining fees to promote a lively atmosphere on its main streets. And it’s worked. At the top end of Bay View Terrace, diners can sit outside at the Claremont Hotel, Bellissimo, Lemon Lane and Nolita without any cost to the business owners. But up the road in Subiaco, café and restaurant owners are struggling even to get permission to set up tables and chairs outside their premises. I’ll often navigate around the new tables at Architects and Heroes but it’s a small price to pay for the ambience it creates in that pocket of Rokeby Road. People attract people so if there’s a cluster of diners outside a business, more will head in that direction. This benefits the eateries as well as the retail around them so it’s a win-win situation for Subiaco.
Denise S. Cahill- Editor