Lo­cal im­pact gives food for thought

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By DENISE S. CAHILL

SEE­ING sat­is­fied cus­tomers makes all the hard work be­hind the scenes worth it for small busi­ness owner Eamon Sul­li­van.

The Bib and Tucker and May Street Larder co-owner com­pared start­ing busi­nesses to his swim­ming ca­reer.

“No one sees the hard work you put in, they just see the end re­sult,” the North Perth res­i­dent said.

“See­ing good re­views and peo­ple en­joy­ing their meals (are the high­lights of be­ing in busi­ness).”

Sul­li­van, who opened Bib and Tucker in 2013, said he sup­ported lo­cal sup­pli­ers be­cause they were part of the com­mu­nity.

“Sup­port­ing lo­cals makes sense. With all the apart­ments, there’s about 300 peo­ple who are lo­cal to us,” he said.

The big­gest chal­lenge over the past five years had been find­ing a bal­ance in Perth’s hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try that re­warded staff, cus­tomers and busi­ness own­ers.

Sul­li­van said wage in­creases of­ten led to price rises for the cus­tomer.

“We are not just in­creas­ing prices be­cause we’re greedy,” he said.

“We need to make sure every­one’s win­ning: the staff and the cus­tomer.”

The plea from Sul­li­van is “don’t for­get about us in win­ter”.

He said a lot of work went in to keep­ing cus­tomers com­ing through the doors in off­peak times.

“We have re­tractable roof­ing on the bal­cony so we’re not dic­tated by the rain. It’s a great place to sit and watch a storm role in,” Sul­li­van said.

Bib and Tucker has launched a Win­ter Se­ries of events that starts on May 15 with ‘Fire and Smoke’ and con­cludes on Septem­ber 11 with ‘Ve­gan De­gus­ta­tion and Nat­u­ral Wine’.

Visit www.biband­tucker.net.au.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d481684

Eamon Sul­li­van launches Shop Lo­cal at Bib & Tucker.

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