RED TAPE DE­TERS LIQUOR LI­CENCES

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

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

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