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Emma and Patrick Panier, the owners of King Street’s chic cafe, Etro hope the changes to WA’s liquor licensing laws will enable them to further develop their rooftop function venue.

Emma and Patrick Panier, the owners of King Street’s chic cafe, Etro hope the changes to WA’s liquor licensing laws will enable them to further develop their rooftop function venue.

Two or three functions a month are held on the cafe’s rooftop, but because the business operates under a restaurant licence it is restricted in the type of functions it can cater to.

The Paniers have operated the cafe for the past three years and have applied for a small bar licence in the hope it will provide them with the flexibility to host intimate cocktail functions more regularly.

The rooftop caters for about 50 people. There are also plans to erect a roof that will allow the more functions over the winter months.

Cafe blinds that can be rolled down in inclement weather conditions are also part of the plan to make the venue a more attractive option for functions during the winter months.

The rooftop venue could be the perfect after-works drink venue but, when pressed by Gusto this week, Mrs Panier said the couple wanted to maintain the site as a private function venue so they can continue their focus with the bustling cafe downstairs.

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Mt Hawthorn’s HaLu Japanese restaurant has extended its trading period to seven days as demand for its regional, tapas-style Japanese fare picks up. Diners can now pop in on any night of the week.

And HaLu is doing something a little extra for the environment by working with O’Connor-based biodiesel company BioWorks.

HaLu sends its cooking oil to BioWorks, which use it in the production of biodiesel, which BioWorks says is a fuel derived from vegetable oil, used cooking oils and animal tallow and is biodegradable, non-toxic and carbon neutral.

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