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THE owners of Perth Korean barbeque restaurant Arirang plan to convert the former Redds restaurant site in Subiaco into a Korean barbecue restaurant.

Birtan Erkut, who is the manager of the Northbridge site and director of the new venture, will fly to South Korea next week to buy new equipment to furnish the site.

“We have 25 barbecue tables in the city and we’ll need just as many in Subi,” Mr Erkut says.

The team hopes to open the new restaurant by the end of October.

Demand for the traditional cooking style, which involves patrons cooking their meals at special barbeque tables, has been so strong that the team has opened up the barbeque fare for lunch-time trade at the Barrack Street site.

“We were offering $10 lunches so we didn’t offer the coal cooking Then all of a sudden we got lawyers, accountants and other corporates in and they wanted to do the barbecue cooking for lunch,” Mr Erkut says.

Arirang is also a finalist in two Gold Plate Award categories. Up against the likes of The Duxton Hotel and Burswood International Resort Casino, the restaurant is hoping to secure a win in the licensed casual cafe and the family style dining categories.

 

STEPHEN Scaffidi and Geoff Hayward are on track to open their new bar at QV1 by the first week of November. The liquor licence has been approved and the boys are currently finalising the designs and the name of the new bar. Gusto has been assured that the new name will be decided upon over the next two weeks.

 

ALSO opening about the same time is Duende, which some people are finding a little difficult to pronounce. For those a little unsure, it’s ‘doo-wen-de’. A decision on a head chef has been made but is not yet public. The headhunter, Sharon McColl from McColl Hospitality Staff, advertised a few weeks ago. In fact, the ad sent Gusto on a journey to uncover a new 70-seat restaurant in Subiaco. Ms McColl described the new venture as a new restaurant opening “near Subiaco” which Gusto highlighted a few weeks ago.

In the same issue WA Business News featured an article on Nic Trimboli’s Duende opening in Leederville. Gusto has come to learn that the two restaurants are in fact one in the same.

A job well done by Ms McColl, who keeps her lips sealed, even if her clients don’t!

 

FORMER Subiaco Hotel head chef Ivan Mather is launching a new restaurant … in Morocco. Mr Mather has spent the past few months working at The Avenue, a restaurant in St James’s, Mayfair, London. According to Mr Mather his time there has made life at The Subi seem like a breeze, with the London kitchen roster of 12 chefs each shift making life in the kitchen frantic to say the least.

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