Baker ready to rise to oc­ca­sion

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Food - ROSANNA CAN­DLER

A LINE of cus­tomers spilling out­side Chez Jean-Claude Patis­serie and down Rokeby Road was part of the bak­ery’s lunchtime rush rit­ual for almost 18 years. But not any­more. Swiss-born baker JeanClaude Ster­chi said he jumped at the op­por­tu­nity to ex­pand into an empty shop next-door just be­fore Christ­mas.

He said tak­ing on a 24month lease for the pop-up shop was “just the start” of a lot to come for Chez JeanClaude Patis­serie.

“It was too cramped and cus­tomers were get­ting frus­trated they had to wait, so we just could not do it any­more,” he said.

“We fi­nally de­cided to re­fur­bish our West Leed­erville premises on Ox­ford Close to have all the fa­cil­i­ties of pro­duc­tion there, which will be op­er­a­tional in about three months.

“After that, we will re­fur­bish the bak­ery as a new, rus­tic cafe and fi­nally do jus­tice to this lo­ca­tion.”

Mr Ster­chi said his Su­bi­aco bak­ery was run­ning a 24-hour around-the-clock op­er­a­tion while it waited for the first ren­o­va­tion to be com­pleted.

“When the cleaner fin­ishes at 9.30pm, the first bak­ers are start­ing. Even though this is just the first step, we are get­ting very good feed­back from our cus­tomers. I can­not wait for this move,” he said.

Mr Ster­chi said the top end of Rokeby Road ap­peared to be go­ing against the grain of neg­a­tiv­ity sur­round­ing Su­bi­aco hos­pi­tal­ity and re­tail.

“Some­how Su­bi­aco near the train sta­tion has lost its soul a lit­tle bit; it was get­ting very com­mer­cial with­out much in­di­vid­u­al­ity,” he said.

“I think cus­tomers like the per­sonal re­la­tion­ship in this area like at Juanita’s bar, Boucla and new places open­ing next door.

“They are the own­ers be­hind the counter, not just their name on the fa­cade.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d431816

Chez Jean-Claude Patis­serie baker Jean-Claude Ster­chi’s business has ex­panded to the shop next door to give cus­tomers and staff some room to move.

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