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This week, Julie-anne Sprague takes a look at moves at the big end of town, and at a small brewery that’s got some bargains for beer lovers.

IT has been confirmed … the Sheraton is looking for expressions of interest for its a la carte restaurant, Origins. General manager Craig Seaward tells us the hotel is just seeking applications for the downstairs dining area and kitchen, but that didn’t necessarily mean it has to be a restaurant. He said the Sheraton was waiting to see what was presented and was open to suggestions. He said it could be converted to a function room or something similar. We’ll just have to wait and see. Origins was re-launched last June as a contemporary dining restaurant to move away from the fine dining theme.

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What started as an investigation into the ownership of LinQ Restaurant has unravelled some sporting ties and accounting mishaps. Gusto did a simple company search, which showed Wildcats owner/player Andrew Vlahov is a 50 per cent shareholder. We rang Linda Mead, proprietor of LinQ, who dismissed the claims, as did Andrew. So why on earth would they want to cover this gem up? Well, there’s nothing to it. Andrew and Linda go back a few years when she was running the Mead’s Fish House (now under her ex-husband’s ownership as Black Tom’s). A trustee company, Celestial Assets, was created to provide catering (from the Fish House) to Wildcats matches. Andrew relinquished his shares about September last year, but it appears the papers haven’t been lodged at ASIC yet. Linda’s accountant said he would make sure the proper papers were filed and the records updated.

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If you’re interested in beer than have a look at the Microbrewery in Bunbury called The Brew Shed.

It’s got six kettles and is up for sale. There’s a dispute of sorts between the owners and they’re hoping to sell it for somewhere between $100,000 and $200,000. The equipment, lease, and client list are part of the package.

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Le Jazz Hot will be performing a cabaret-style repertoire, including past favourites going back to the 1930s, and contemporary artists. Executive chef Paul Smith has designed a five-course menu to complement Yarra Burn wines. The dinner will be hosted at Dear Friends Restaurant on Sunday February 24.

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Bells Restaurant is officially open. Located at the Barrack Street Jetty, this restaurant already has proved popular with the tourists. In its first week of opening and with very little promotion it did about 100 covers a night. Head chef Jean-Michel Leclezio is charged with cooking the contemporary-style menu. We understand that Bells Restaurant is looking at nearby space to open a functions facility to cater for weddings, parties, anything really.

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UWA Department of Emergency Medicine senior research officer Dr Dania Lynch has won dinner for four created by Cheong Liew at The Globe Restaurant at the Parmelia Hilton. David Pike chose her selection from many entries sent into Gusto. Those interested in tasting the delights of Cheong’s cuisine (while he’s still in the State) can purchase a ticket to the Meet the Masters of Food and Wine dinner at The Globe on Tuesday February 26.

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