Cafe, coun­cil in row over chairs

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By ROSANNA CAN­DLER

ALL Mt Clare­mont deli-cafe Hud­son & Hughie’s own­ers want for Christ­mas is 20 chairs.

Ned­lands Coun­cil went against a staff rec­om­men­da­tion to con­di­tion­ally ap­prove its change-of-use ap­pli­ca­tion from lunch bar to restau­rant at a com­mit­tee meet­ing last week.

How­ever, co-owner Karen Hughie-Wil­liams said their four­month bat­tle with the City of Ned­lands was not over yet as the fi­nal de­ci­sion would be made on De­cem­ber 15.

“It was ap­proved at com­mit­tee but some­how we have got­ten caught up in the park­ing con­tro­versy at the whole cen­tre,” Ms Hughie-Wil­liams said.

“We don’t op­er­ate like a restau­rant; a lot of our cus­tomers walk here and don’t stay for hours. They’re happy to buy a cof­fee and just perch for a mo­ment.”

Mayor Max Hipkins said Hud­son & Hughie had be­come a vic­tim of its own suc­cess.

“It is prob­a­bly too suc­cess­ful, given that it is pulling in cars from far away,”he said. “The area is cer­tainly grow­ing (with Aria Swan­bourne apart­ments) so de­mand will con­tinue to in­crease.

“How­ever, there is a lot that could be done by the City in­de­pen­dent to the busi­ness own­ers, such as more bike racks or meet­ings with var­i­ous stake­hold­ers work­ing to­gether to over­come park­ing is­sues.”

Co-owner Oliver Hud­son said their ap­pli­ca­tion had re­ceived over­whelm­ing sup­port, with 520 cus­tomers sign­ing their re­cent pe­ti­tion to coun­cil.

“We just need that lit­tle bit of grace,” he said. “This change-ofuse would mean the dif­fer­ence be­tween us making money to sur­vive.”

Ms Hughie-Wil­liams said she would have her fin­gers and toes crossed next Tues­day night.

“The week coun­cil made us re­move the chairs was the first week we had made profit over break-even since we opened two years ago,” she said. “Ev­ery­thing is hing­ing on this.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d447363

Hud­son and Hughie co-owner Karen Hughie-Wil­liams is bat­tling the coun­cil over place­ment of 20 chairs out­side for cus­tomers.

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