Dou­ble Dou­ble’s toil, trou­ble over

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Business - By ROSANNA CANDLER

AF­TER com­plet­ing long-awaited ren­o­va­tions this month, Subiaco small bar Dou­ble Dou­ble owner Gavin Bellinger says cus­tomers are mak­ing them­selves right at home.

“Dou­ble Dou­ble is a place where peo­ple can be un­afraid to put their feet up, move the fur­ni­ture around and get a lit­tle bit loud,” Mr Bellinger said.

“We want to fo­cus on high qual­ity prod­uct, which we al­ways have, but now we can achieve that in a much more open and com­fort­able set­ting.

“With all the im­prove­ments, we want be known as a re­ally big bar in a small lo­ca­tion. Like a lit­tle dog that thinks it’s a big dog.”

Mr Bellinger said he was forced to ex­pand the bar as its pop­u­lar­ity had ex­ploded af­ter it opened on Hay Street 18 months ago.

“I hated ev­ery minute of the ren­o­va­tions, but it was 100 per cent worth it,” he said.

“We stripped back the cafe vibe and put much more em­pha­sis on the fact that we’re a hang-out spot with couches and more space to sit up at the bar.

“Even though we have the same ca­pac­ity as be­fore, the place just looks so much big­ger. Our first Fri­day back was su­per in­tensely busy, but it was like a luxury com­pared to the old setup.”

Mr Bellinger said Dou­ble Dou­ble was fo­cused on its rum, beer by the tap and even non-al­co­holic drinks like juices, teas and smooth­ies dur­ing the day.

“Ever since our li­cence ex­tended to the mid­night trade, ob­vi­ously the bar got more busy, but our cof­fees picked up,” he said.

“We re­ally want to push the whole long bar; you can come sit up there or you can sit at the booths, the couch or at the ta­bles out­side. Come along, have a chat and do what you want.”

Dou­ble Dou­ble is back in busi­ness af­ter its run­away pop­u­lar­ity forced a ma­jor ren­o­va­tion.

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