RED TAPE DETERS LIQUOR LICENCES
IT’S not unusual for bars or licensed eateries in Perth to open before getting a liquor licence. The chances of the licence being granted at the same time the set-up is complete is rare because the former can take months and even years. WA will lose good business operators who are prepared to throw their time and money into establishing good small bars. It has already happened. Last year, when Andy Freeman opened Darlings Supper Club in Northbridge, he said he walked away from Perth after opening Luxe Bar in Highgate because of the liquor licence red tape. Thankfully, he returned to stay, saying getting an application had become a little easier. Freeman has since opened The Sherry at The Flour Factory on Queen Street. But we need to make things easier. The mentality of the organisations determining the liquor licence applications needs to change.
Denise S. Cahill - Editor