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A late-night lounge bar designed for enjoying a martini or two will open at the Burswood Complex later this month. Called MINQ Bar and Lounge, Burswood says the bar will be an intimate and indulgent late night meeting place for those looking to escape the

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A late-night lounge bar designed for enjoying a martini or two will open at the Burswood Complex later this month. Called MINQ Bar and Lounge, Burswood says the bar will be an intimate and indulgent late night meeting place for those looking to escape the ordinary.

Due to open on August 24, the lounge bar will serve from Thursday to Sunday from 7pm to 4am.

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Cottesloe beachfront restaurant, Blue Waters, has successfully obtained its liquor-without-a-meal permit, which means customers will be able to stop in and enjoy a glass of vino without having to also order a substantial meal. The restaurant was the first in Perth to apply for the permit. Also getting their applications approved recently were Jivin J’s, Last Drop Brewery Restaurant, The Verve, Topolini’s Caffe, Wise Vineyard Restaurant, Mojo’s Restaurant & Café and Jade on the Quay.

The Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor has a further 49 liquor-without-a-meal applications before it, which are being assessed. Before the new liquor laws were introduced, there were only about 85 restaurants operating with permits that allowed the same privilege for customers, so long as it was in a clearly defined area no more than 20 per cent of the venue’s floor space.

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Mullaloo Beach Hotel’s Panorama Restaurant head chef, Shane Keighley, will head to Dubai in May to compete in the finals World Association of Chefs Society global chef competition after last month winning the regional final.

Mr Keighley, who once worked with regular competition chef Andrew Mann at Oceanus Restaurant, beat chefs from around Australia, New Zealand and Fiji.

Mr Keighley’s winning main course was a New Zealand lamb with chicken and basil mousse, roast pumpkin puree and shallot jus, potato and parsnip pave, broccolini and sautéed herbed lamb sweetbread.

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Searching for locally grown produce has been made easier by the introduction of an online database of the Swan Valley’s food and wine producers. Launched by The City of Swan earlier this week, the database, located at www.perthsvalleyoftaste.com.au, can be searched by product, producer, retailer or retailer type and covers everything from grapes to honey to olive oil.

The City of Swan hopes the database will encourage people to buy more produce locally.

“Buying local food supports family farmers in your community, some of whom have farmed the land for generations and have a wealth of experience,” City of Swan product development officer Sascha Stone says.

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