25/01/2005 - 21:00

Wild Fig founders want northern exposure

25/01/2005 - 21:00


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The owners of popular Waterman cafe, The Wild Fig Cafe, are looking to open another business in the northern suburbs this year.

Wild Fig founders want northern exposure

The owners of popular Waterman cafe, The Wild Fig Cafe, are looking to open another business in the northern suburbs this year.

Greer Marns, who with her sister Lorna opened The Wild Fig Cafe on West Coast Drive four years ago, says there are further opportunities to develop a quality cafe in the northern corridor.

“There is a lack of quality and something a little bit different,” Ms Marns says.

“There have been a few places that have opened that are good but we’ve got to the point where we can leverage from the business.

“And while it’s no easier to have two businesses it means that if you don’t have enough staff at one place you can bring them across to the other.

“At Wild Fig it tends to be seasonal so it would be great to be able to look after our good staff by giving them more hours in winter by moving them across.”

Ms Marns is currently recruiting a head chef and is keen to find the right person before setting up the new establishment.

While no site has been secured for the new cafe, Ms Marns told Gusto she was looking between Scarborough and Hillarys.

And the new venue will borrow some of the branding brilliance of The Wild Fig Cafe.

“We really like the branding so while it won’t be the Wild Fig it might be the pickled fig or something like that,” Ms Marns says.

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The team at Fremantle’s Granita’s Cafe Restaurant are adding new elements to the business this year. Expect lots of new events and other exciting things to take place regularly at the South Terrace eatery. Recently there were belly dancers and there is talk of come cabaret entertainment, according to Granita’s Rebecca Fiorentino.

“We’re going into a new phase,” Ms Fiorentino says.

“We’re doing something different because there are so many Italian restaurants and we want to have a little bit more fun and offer people something else.

“We’ve been here a really long time but this year we’re going to be adding new products and new events.”

Granita’s now has beer on tap and there will be more new additions to the restaurant in the coming months.

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Perth mother and son team Sandy and Andre Shannon will be the Perth faces in Channel 7’s next series of reality TV show My Restaurant Rules. They’ve been given the keys to 97-99 Market Street, Fremantle, which they will renovate into a restaurant.

It used to be retail shop The Alchemist and is situated just off the bustling cappuccino strip, right opposite the Fremantle train station.

The Perth restaurant will seat 90 people, as will each of the other four restaurants across Australia, and will be open to the public in early March. The show will screen in mid to late February.

Mr Shannon is the eldest of three sons and is a political adviser, while his mum is a canteen manager at a day care centre.

It might not seem like a winning combination but last year’s winners Ash and Amanda worked in the dockyards and wine sales respectively.


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