Bell up for second stint at bar
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
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