Western Australia Minister for Planning John Day
New And Improved Food And Retail Strip For Northbridge
Victor P Taffa
A leading Perth restaurateur’s new venture and popular gourmet burger shop are among a number of businesses announced today to operate from newly-restored heritage buildings on William Street.
Planning Minister John Day said the $11 Million revitalisation of William Street and the Perth Cultural Centre would encourage people to embrace Northbridge as one of the city’s most vibrant and diverse locations.
“William Street will host some of the most exciting places to eat in Perth. The people behind Balthazar, Duende and Il Lido are launching a new restaurant venture and the popular Flipside burgers will also add vibrancy to the street.” Mr. Day said.
“I’m also pleased that many of the historic tenants will be moving back into restored premises places like Hare Krishna restaurant and the Barber Shop are an integral part of the unique history of William Street.”
“All the major heritage building refurbishment and restoration works are due for completion in the next couple of months and tenants will begin their own fits-outs in stages.”
“I expect William Street to be well and truly buzzing and on its way to becoming one of Perth’s most interesting food and beverage and retail strips by the beginning of 2011.”
Restaurateur Nic Trimboli said he and his partners believe Northbridge is undergoing a renaissance which they wanted to be a part of.
“There’s a synergy between the commercial and creative tenants on William Street that is exciting and dynamic. I hope our restaurant will fit right in and bring a diversity of people back to experience Northbridge.” Mr. Trimboli said.
The Minister said the latest confirmed tenancies will complement those announced in March, which included independent fashion retailers, music and book shops as well as some of the original street tenants.
The final stage of the leasing program for William Street will involve a call for expressions of interest in the coming months to operate the historic Rechabites Hall as a multi-concept venue, complementary to the new tenancy mix.