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Julie-anne Sprague gets the inside running on speculation of sales and changes at a couple of Perth’s most popular night spots.

THE Wembley Hotel’s lease is up for grabs. Murray McHenry (owner of the Nedlands Hotel) says Peter Wilson wants out of the lease agreement held by the consortium Atarah (of which he and Murray are a part). The group has managed the hotel for eight of its 20-year lease. Interested parties can call Hanson Bridge Property Consultants about picking up the remaining 12 years. Atarah is looking to fetch $1.5 million.

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Lovers of West Perth nightlife and Davide Bianchi’s Savoia will need to pay attention here. Firstly, it’s not for sale! A rumour was floating around and published in a weekend newspaper suggesting that regular patron Steve Zielinski was a potential buyer. Word is that Mr Bianchi reckons it’s complete nonsense. Savoia contacted Mr Zielinski, who was equally bemused. What is definitely confirmed is the new ‘Summer Nights at Savoia”. Savoia will open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights but will be closed Wednesday night (it was previously open on this night, and this night only). Savoia chef Christian Montagne has launched a new menu to kick off the new nights at Savoia. Mr Bianchi is also putting the finishing touches to the Onyx bar project (located at the old O’Connors) and we’re told we will have an opening date soon.

Keeping with the summer menu, Christian has incorporated the Summer Tart (a puff pastry topped with olive and Spanish onion tapandade charred artichoke, zucchini, roma tomato and feta cheese) as well as baked Thai-style scampi, pan-fried beef fillet, nasi goreng and a host of other sumptuous options.

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Owners of Monza, that stylish pasta and risotto bar at 147 Oxford Street Leederville, are not opening more Monza outlets – well not yet anyway.

Geoff Hayward and Marie Hewson have enjoyed previous success with the Cino to Go cafes around the town, but Geoff tells us there are no definite plans in place at this stage to expand Monza’s operation to the city and Subiaco (as rumour would have it).

But he said the possibility of future expansion could not be ruled out.

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The Sheraton’s director of catering and conventions Michael Altieri is taking up the newly created position of conventions and functions manager at the new-look Burswood. He starts at the resort on March 25 and will look after both the resort’s functions and conventions, but also manage Burwood Resort’s new catering arm, Burswood Catering and Entertainment Pty Ltd.

He’ll be overseeing its operations including the 630 catering staff.

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Jason Meakin, Fraser’s comfit chef, will be the only Aussie representative participating in the 30th World Congress of the World Association of Cooks Society (or the more familiar acronym WACS) to be held in Kyoto, Japan, next month.

Jason has a bit of form on the board too, having won the National Nestle Golden Chefs Hat Apprentice of the Year Award, the Mundial Knifes Award, the West Coast College of TAFE’s Student of the Year 2000 Award and two silver and two bronze medals at the WA Culinary Federation Apprentice of the Year Award, among others

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Everyone wants a restaurant licence. Well, ok, not everybody. But according to Small Business Minister Clive Brown, cafe and restaurant licences were the most popular business inquiry to the Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC) in the last quarter of last financial year. And what licences do you need for a restaurant?

Quite a few, including an Australian Business

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