Saturday, November 8th, 2014

A REJUVENATION is about to take place at one of Fremantle’s most iconic beaches with a new restaurant and bar under construction at Fishing Boat Harbour.

Located at the old McDonald’s and Sails Restaurant site, Bathers Beach House is Perth's only absolute beachfront restaurant, bar and function space, three steps from the beautiful white sands of Bathers Beach in Fremantle.

Long Jetty Holdings is behind the project – experienced operators responsible for the iconic Cicerello’s Fremantle and Mandurah, as well as the award-winning Char Char Bull Restaurant.

Director Nick Unmack said Fishing Boat Harbour had a history of producing iconic buildings and dining locations and Bathers Beach House was no exception.

“This is part of adding life and vitality to the Bathers Beach Art Precinct after the City of Fremantle invested in the area during the 2011 ISAF Sailing World Cup,” he said.

“Revitalising the building is a consequence of doing what needs to be done, following that initial burst of enthusiasm.”

Designed by McDonald Jones Architects, the style of Bathers Beach House is sympathetic to the architecture already there, as well as the art deco nature of the building.

The two-level building will have an alfresco area and is using recycled teak from Papua New Guinea, turn-of-the-20th-century hand-made brass light fittings and wood from the old boardwalk and jetty from Bathers Beach. A beachcomber mural by renowned local artist Amok Island will also adorn one of the walls.

“There’s a lot of history – it was the former Fremantle Fisherman’s Co-op Building and the original Cicerello’s was in the corner up until the 1950s,” Mr Unmack said.

“Some may say we’re making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear but we’re just ensuring we’re here for the long haul.

"It’s a sophisticated fitout that makes use of the area and is very Fremantle in its approach.

“We want to make sure this is more than just a restaurant and bar – we are putting our heart and soul into this.”

Expected to open in the first week of December, Mr Unmack described Bathers Beach House as a long-term project that would appeal to a wide selection of people and offer a range of activities.

“We’re not trying to copy anything; we just want to make sure it has a laidback Australian feel while offering premium produce,” he said.

“Bathers Beach House will have a well-priced bistro-style menu, giving people the opportunity to sit at the bar and take in the wonderful ocean views.

“It doesn’t matter if it’s the after-work crowd, barefoot swimmers from the beach, families with kids or ladies in high heels wanting cocktails – we’re happy to cater for everyone.”

The City of Fremantle has recently given approval for beach lounges on Bathers Beach, which will be provided by Bathers Beach House, to create something unique for Perth’s beaches. There are future plans to further enhance the precinct which potentially includes extending the current boardwalk.

“With the theme and ambience focused on casual beachside dining, we’re really embracing everything the area has to offer to create an iconic beachfront location,” Mr Unmack said.

When complete, Bathers Beach House will be open seven days a week.


ATTACHED: Artist’s impressions of the new Bathers Beach House.

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Bathers Beach House

Bathers Beach House is Perth's only absolute beachfront restaurant, bar and function space, three steps from the beautiful white sands of Bathers Beach in Fremantle.

We are thrilled to be able to re-invigorate this long neglected part of Fremantle and hope the immediate residents, Fremantle locals and the wider community can again enjoy this fabulous beach and new venue.  

Bathers Beach House is a spectacular new two-level venue and will occupy approximately one-third of the fully renovated Fremantle Fisherman’s Co-operative Building. The ground level will house a dining space and bar areas. We will have a quintessentially Australian flavour to the menu, a wide range of local craft beers plus international favourites together with an eclectic range of local wines and a few international additions. The first floor has an amazing panoramic view along the coast and will be a flexible functions space that can be used for almost any occasion. Downstairs will cater for 270 people while upstairs could cater for as many as 330 people.

The northern side of Bathers Beach House will feature alfresco dining areas plus, to service the increased usage of the entire precinct, we will also be offering a kiosk service from the northern side of the building.

Darren Roberts
P: 0411 88 6969


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