Bell up for sec­ond stint at bar

The West Australian - - WESTBUSINE­SS -

It’s not a case of once bit­ten, twice shy for Peter Bell and the hospi­tal­ity busi­ness.

The ABC ra­dio host and former Fre­man­tle Docker has bought back into the de­funct

Malt Sup­per Club with plans to launch a new drink­ing venue.

Bell was a co-founder of the Mt Law­ley bar with Tony Tri­carico when it opened in 2010 but sold out the fol­low­ing year.

The busi­ness went belly up late last year and Malt Sup­per Club closed its doors in Jan­uary.

Un­de­terred, Bell has joined forces with former Dock­ers team­mate By­ron Scham­mer and the three partners of cor­po­rate ad­vi­sory firm GTT Ven­tures.

They paid about $400,000 last month to buy the Beau­fort Street venue through liq­uida­tor

Daniel Bre­denkamp of

Pitcher Partners.

Bell is keep­ing mum on what kind of es­tab­lish­ment the partners plan to open in Oc­to­ber, ex­cept to say it will open for busi­ness more of­ten than its pre­de­ces­sor, which mostly op­er­ated on week­ends only.

The partners plan to op­er­ate un­der the ex­ist­ing liquor li­cence, which re­quires food to be avail­able at all op­er­at­ing hours from 10am to as late as 3am on Fri­days and Satur­days.

Bell said he sold out the first time around be­cause rais­ing a young fam­ily around the time his third daugh­ter was born didn’t agree with late nights.

But hospi­tal­ity is in his blood.

“(I’m) kind of sur­prised that I’m back in there but very en­thu­si­as­tic and ready to give it another go,” he said.

“I thought we could ex­pand on what the busi­ness was with fresh eyes and a group of new en­thu­si­as­tic own­ers we’re hop­ing we can turn it into a big suc­cess.

“We’ve gone in with our eyes wide open about the li­cence con­di­tions and what we want to do.”

Bell said while it was im­por­tant for own­ers to be hands-on, he wouldn’t be burn­ing the can­dle at both ends.

“It’d be rare for me to be­ing there mak­ing a cock­tail or per­haps get­ting behind the cof­fee ma­chine.

“I don’t think my bosses would be happy if I worked all the way through and went straight to ra­dio.”

The Aus­tralian Foot­ball Hall of Fame mem­ber has been pre­sent­ing ABC’s break­fast show since de­fect­ing from 6PR last year.

Scham­mer, who re­tired from the Dock­ers in 2011, these days is an in­vest­ment ad­viser for Bell Pot­ter Se­cu­ri­ties and pres­i­dent of the Lib­eral Party’s Winthrop branch. the one his former board col­leagues go with.

Illustrati­on: Don Lind­say

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