Big plans for waterfront eatery
Augusta’s popular Colourpatch Cafe has been green-lit for a major expansion and transformation into a topnotch eatery.
Owner Steve Wall fronted the last Shire of Augusta-Margaret River council meeting for 2018 to outline plans for revitalising the eatery into a restaurant with capacity for late-night functions in a nod to Don Hancey’s old Colonial restaurant, which closed 35 years previously.
“I believe it is the best location in the South West,” Mr Wall said.
“Hopefully, the Colourpatch renovation will have something for all residents and tourists.
“Augusta is a challenging market . . . the feasibility of a small bar licence is required to make a business of this size viable.”
Councillors voted to support a partial change in use at the site, endorsing operational hours to reflect existing breakfast service, and some 11pm closures.
Augusta-based councillor Mike Smart said the proposal had “unanimous” support from resi- dents, despite three registered objections.
He introduced an amendment to allow up to 20 functions each year seen as crucial to the venture’s success, with the functions to end at midnight, except for 2am for New Year’s Eve.
Cr Smart also declared an impartiality interest in the pro- posal, which allowed him to vote on the item after he also said he lodged a positive submission for the bar’s liquor licensing application.
“The Augusta community has been waiting 20 or 30 years for a facility with this sort of capacity,” he said last week.
“The Augusta community is hugely supportive.
“I’ve never seen anything close to this level of support (for an application).”
Despite supporting the final item, councillors Naomi Godden and Peter Lane had some concerns, with Cr Lane chiding colleagues for considering the viability of the redevelopment, which “can’t be a consideration of council”.
Cr Godden wanted the restaurant’s 20 late-night functions considered later, “once the community has experience of the bar”.
Because the 20 functions were added at the meeting, Cr Godden did not believe advertising of the application sufficiently informed residents.
“I think that is difficult to be monitored and it hasn’t been advertised,” she said.
But she agreed it was “an exciting step forward for Augusta” and increasing numbers of young couples with children moving south would be able to “go on a date”.
Mr Wall said a historic 1949 yacht would be renovated for the bar area to serve up to 120 patrons.
The Colourpatch Cafe.