This industry’s all about hospitality

GUSTO has been sent some interesting information, and a clever photo, from the Australian Academy of Hospitality Management.

The academy has opened a new hotel school at 251 Adelaide Terrace and is in the process of promoting its new hospitality courses, which kick off on July 21. According to AAHM industry liaison and promotions director Sabrina Capsis, the training school’s mission is to help students develop lifelong careers in hospitality.

“AAHM’s mission is to challenge all management, staff, lecturers and students to embrace excellence in service and the management of people and resources,” Ms Capsis says.

“We focus on delivering lifelong careers in hotel management and offer an extensive scope of specialised training courses to current managers in industry as well as newcomers.”

The AAHM will offer courses in hospitality operations, hospitality supervision, as well as a diploma and an advanced diploma of hospitality management.

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A new cafe is to open on the corner of Oxford Street and Newcastle Street in Leederville. A fit-out is taking place at the moment but the site’s leasing agent, Remax Realmark’s Pasquale Cianfagne, can’t reveal any details to Gusto just yet. What he can say is that the operators are looking to set up something similar to King Street icon cafe Number 44 King Street.

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Warren Mead has officially taken over Davide Bianchi’s Savoia restaurant. And he hasn’t wasted a second letting West Perth know that his brand of hospitality is now in the precinct. Gone is the name Savoia and relaunched is Black Tom’s. Officially The Oyster Bar at Black Tom’s (to keep in line with his Oyster Bar portfolio), Warren has decided his Subi concept will work in West Perth.

The Mead’s Fish House was transformed into Black Tom’s when Warren took over the restaurant from ex-wife Linda. When Australian Leisure and Hospitality Group purchased the property from Warren last year it underwent another name change back to its earlier name when a pub, The Vic.

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The Red Herring’s new marketing team is currently in the process of promoting the restaurant’s Friday night oyster bar ‘Shucks’.

Natasha Merchant has joined Sharon Frazier to take on the job of replacing Marie Gorn, who left for an extended holiday to London after spending five and a half years as functions and marketing manager.

Ms Frazier was The Red Herring’s restaurant manager but will step up to the marketing post, making way for former Hayman Island supervisor Jeffrey Baker to take on the task as restaurant manager. Ms Merchant will focus on special events.

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Subiaco restaurateur Rocco Macri has purchased the lease to Jean-Mic Perrine’s Perth bar-cum-restaurant Box Deli. According to Jean-Mic the ground floor deli located at his Box Apartment building needed more time, energy and focus than he was capable of providing, though a few weeks ago he told Gusto the site was most definitely not up for lease.

But, it seems getting an experienced operator like Rocco in the door is good for business. Rocco is the proprietor of Subiaco based Café di Rocco, which he started eight years ago, and says everything at the deli will remain the same.

“It doesn’t feel like a pub. It has its own energy and atmosphere,” Rocco says.

“It will be a challenge operating the two places but I’m looking forward to it.”

Jean-Mic is also close to finalising leasing deals for two restaurant sites located at his latest development, the Next office building. Gusto can confirm that the operators of Subiaco-based Chutney Mary’s have made an offer for the front site but Jean-Mic is yet to make a final decision from a handful of good offers.

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