Tinelli lining up for a long lunch at JoJo’s

UMBERTO Tinelli plans to open a new restaurant, having told Gusto last week of his bid to acquire JoJo’s River Restaurant.

JoJo’s went into receivership in May last year after its owners, the King family, failed to negotiate settlement of their $500,000 loan with the BNZA.

Gusto understands that Mr Tinelli’s bid is around $500,000, a price well below the Kings’ investment 10 years ago of about $1.2 million.

Mr Tinelli told Gusto he had made an offer but would not disclose details.

He said he had not been advised of the outcome of his bid.

Mr Tinelli operates West Perth restaurant Il Principe Gran Caffe.

He sold his Applecross restaurant Rigoletto (which he opened while still operating Il Principe) in August last year, nine months after acquiring the original restaurant.

Mr Tinelli is renowned for creating hospitality icons, having established Campo de Fiori (now Gala Restaurant) and Chianti on Colin.

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The owners of Anarkali Indian restaurant are looking for a buyer. The family-run Northbridge restaurant closed down a month ago after some family members decided to pursue other interests. They have put the restaurant on the market for $65,000, a sum the family says is half of what the restaurant is worth.

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There were many in the food industry who mourned the loss of Pippin Bath in 2002, after she lost her battle with breast cancer. Ms Bath worked tirelessly alongside husband, Nick, in their Blue Cow Cheese Company and has left a lasting memory that has become a focal point for a new venture by Comestibles and Zest Catering.

The two companies, operated by Faith Nichols and Carol Gaby respectively, have teamed up to host a Celebration of Women long-table lunch on May 2.

Ms Nichols and Ms Gaby expect about 400 people to turn up, raising money for the Breast Cancer Foundation of Western Australia in the process.

The pair has organised a range of supporters and sponsors within the food and wine industry who have donated everything from tables and chairs to wine.

According to Ms Nichols the event will celebrate the lives of women and will commemorate the life of Pippin Bath.

She and Ms Gaby hope to raise about $30,000 for the Breast Cancer Foundation of Western Australia Inc and also hope the luncheon can become an annual event.

Tickets cost $75 and Gusto has been informed that it’s not a women-only event.

Men are encouraged to come along and enjoy the good food, wine, and to celebrate the lives of the precious women that surround them.




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