AL­FRESCO IS THE IN-THING TO DO

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

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

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