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Maya Masala’s man looks to grow

NORTHBRIDGE’S Maya Masala restaurant has not been sold, according to its owner Sid Grewal, although there have been recent changes in management.

Mr Grewal says while many Northbridge restaurants are struggling his business is “going very well”.

Also the man managing Subiaco’s Chutney Mary’s, Mr Grewal has purchased a site in Highgate, which he plans to develop into a restaurant in the coming months.

“We are not sure what we want to do there yet. I don’t know if I want to do an Indian restaurant but I will have more of an idea next week,” he says.

“We have planning approval and are in the process of designing the kitchen and so on, but we haven’t decided on the style of it yet.”

Mr Grewal is also quite keen on developing a restaurant at the Next Building, on the corner of Hay and Milligan streets, however discussions with developer Jean-Mic Perrine are still taking place.

FORMER Esplanade Hotel Fremantle business development manager Jo Perrott has moved up-town to Level 33 of the AMP Building in her new post as C Restaurant marketing and public relations manager.

“It is so much more me. I really enjoy the marketing and PR side of things rather than just doing events,” Ms Perrott says.

Her mission is to let people know about the river view restaurant in the heart of St Georges Terrace.

“The focus is to continue to build the awareness of C and the fact that we are in the middle of town. I think that because we are up on the top floor of a high-rise building people walk past and don’t notice we’re here,” she says.

“We’re right next door to London Court but I think it’s a little bit of out of mind out of sight.”

Ms Perrott wants to capitalise on the terrace trade by introducing business-focused menus.

“I want to introduce a faster lunch menu and our chefs are working on that,” she says.

“Getting people in here for special leaving lunches is something I also want to do.

“When someone is leaving the office for a new job or whatever it might be we want to offer this restaurant as a great place for that final lunch.

“I’m in the throes of putting together the spring menu and new degustation menu and fine tuning some things so that we can offer special menus to people.

“We will be brining in an indulgence package as well, which focuses on giving people an opportunity to spoil themselves.”

Ms Perrott says the restaurant is still considered a special occasion venue by many people in Perth, but that that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

“It is amazing how many calls we get through on the Highlite 33 number. We get a lot of people who ring up once or twice a year to celebrate a special occasion,” she says.

“We want to continue to do that; we want people to come here because they know they will have a very special time.”

Minor adjustments are being made to the C brand and logo and advertising spends are being revised.

“I’m looking at our advertising campaigns and the avenues we use,” Ms Perrott says.

Utilising the ground floor area to the AMP building will help build a street presence, she says.

A NEW cafe and patisserie operation appears close to opening in Subiaco. Signage is up for Provence Cafe and Patisserie, located just off the Rokeby Road main drag at 320 Barker Road (near Paddy McGuire’s Pub). The store is currently being fitted out.

LOOK out for a new winery/restaurant down south in September. The 200-seat venue will open at one of Margaret River’s newest wineries, Watershed Premium Wines.

Opened in 2001 at the intersection of Darch Road and Bussell Highway the winery has already experienced success in national wine awards. Watershed Premium Wines was recently awarded a gold medal for its first vintage, its 2001 shiraz, at the Royal Queensland Wine Show. That award follows wins at the Brisbane Wine and Food Festival and the International Wine Challenge in London.

Watershed Premium Wines has 78 hectares of vines under management and a further 34 hectares under development. Construction at the cafe and restaurant facility is at an advanced stage.

THE liquidator of Subiaco’s Redds cafe is seeking new tenants for the premises. Louis Nilant, the appointed liquidator from KordaMentha, says the previous owner had tried to sell the restaurant before the lease expired but ran out of time.

He says the owners do not want to continue operating, due to ill health, and the premises at 420 Hay Street are available for lease for either restaurateurs or retailers.

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