Rais­ing the bar in River­ton

Canning Times - - FRONT PAGE - Carmelle Wilkinson

THE so­cial scene in River­ton just got a whole lot more ex­cit­ing thanks to a brand new tav­ern.

Calls have been grow­ing in the area for a new bar af­ter the closure of the High Road Ho­tel in Park­wood and the Lyn­wood Arms, and fi­nally those calls have been an­swered by lo­cal fam­ily restau­ra­teurs, the Gra­ham-Hel­wigs.

The River­ton Bar and Grill opened its doors two weeks ago to strong turnouts and ex­cited lo­cals.

Built by the Slater Group, which re­cently fin­ished a $4 mil­lion trans­for­ma­tion of Subiaco Ho­tel, the new bar is im­pres­sive and time­less, with chic black and white in­te­ri­ors.

Be­hind the menu is ex­ec­u­tive chef Jay Marchant, pre­vi­ously from The Ter­race Ho­tel. He’s brought his method of cook­ing and style to cre­ate pub favourites such as steaks, burg­ers and fish of the day but it’s the Rivo Patty Melt and the cheesy toast cheese­burger – a trib­ute to the venue be­ing a for­mer Siz­zler build­ing – that have quickly be­come sig­na­ture dishes.

The menu in­cludes a sec­tion ded­i­cated to Thai dishes, given the fam­ily’s longheld own­er­ship con­nec­tion to Roxby Thai in Wil­let­ton and Melville.

Part-owner Nat Gra­hamHel­wig said the fam­ily was over­whelmed by the pos­i­tive feed­back from lo­cals.

“Our fam­ily has grown up lo­cally and lived in the area for 35 years,’’ he said.

“My sib­lings and I went to Lyn­wood Se­nior High School and my chil­dren now go to River­ton pri­mary, so as lo­cals we knew that the com­mu­nity needed this venue.”

River­ton MLA Mike Na­han said it was great to see the re­turn of a lo­cal tav­ern owned by a lo­cal fam­ily.

“Pubs have been bought by Coles and Wool­worths as a strate­gic as­set given their po­si­tion and land size, so it’s great that this has been led by a lo­cal fam­ily fa­mil­iar with what the com­mu­nity wants,” he said.

“Con­grat­u­la­tions to the Gra­ham-Hel­wig fam­ily for bring­ing back a tav­ern to the area – it’s sen­sa­tional.”

Mr Gra­ham-Hel­wig said the sports bar and restau­rant venue would have live mu­sic per­for­mances on Fri­day and Satur­day nights, as well as on Sun­day af­ter­noons.

A chil­dren’s cubby house was pro­vided to cre­ate a fam­ily-friendly en­vi­ron­ment.

Pic­ture: David Baylis

Nat and Mat Gra­ham-Hel­wig are di­rec­tors of the newly opened River­ton Bar and Grill.

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