Is Beaufort Street ‘not as good as it used to be’?

Following the recent closure of some long-standing restaurants in Highgate and Mount Lawley, it does seem to beg the question why? There are so many factors unfortunately that can have an impact on a business, from high rents, to a slowing economy that saps consumer confidence as well as a suburb just not being ‘in favour’. Sad-looking empty shops in Subiaco, Mount Lawley and Highgate are testament to some of those factors and Inglewood hasn’t been immune either but is Inglewood showing signs of bucking this trend?

We know of at least 10 new independent businesses that have opened their doors in late 2018 or are about to. Are Inglewood’s lower rents, heritage buildings and an increasingly buzzing shopping strip becoming more and more appealing to smaller businesses’ looking for the next cool suburb? Well…., maybe (and yes we are obviously biased)!

It’s pretty obvious to anyone who lives locally that the area is evolving, changing and becoming a ‘destination’. As the local community group it’s something that Inglewood On Beaufort have been working so hard on helping to achieve. Nestled between the long-standing Mount Lawley and the still-cool-but-a-little-edgy Maylands, Inglewood has long been overlooked due to the fast-paced commuters on our main road into the city. But one by one, fabulous business owners are taking advantage of the up-and-coming area. 

New business owners Kasama and Neil are opening up their commercial kitchen – Kasama’s Thai Kitchen – to supply their long standing food truck and serve locals from their small front of house. They are regulars at the Monday Night Markets and the location was perfect for them, having access to loyal Market customers who travel to the event as well as locals who have already expressed a warm welcome on social media to the couple. 

Brothers Matt and Tom Shaw have opened their second burger joint Hoodburger to queues and a full house most weekends. Matt told us one of the main reasons they decided upon Inglewood was the competitive rents, and the fact they are in VERY excellent company with the shops in their direct vicinity. Businesses ARE looking at Inglewood as a viable option to open up shop!

Another side to the story of our businesses on Beaufort Street are the people who have seen it all and bought the t-shirt. The stalwarts of the strip, we’re talking Vince at Mondo’s Butchers, John of John’s Gentlemen’s Hairdressing, Sean at Bonanza Paint, Murray of the Inglewood Hotel and Larry & John at New Look Dry Cleaners. These long standing businesses form the backbone of our shopping strip and bring in many loyal customers. Without a mixture of these iconic businesses as well as the ‘new blood’ it makes an incredible cross section of shopping needs.

We also have a huge number of services along the way too – let’s not forget the Tyrepower boys, the accountants, real estate and health & beauty businesses. This selection of businesses is what makes Inglewood as a shopping destination more viable and more interesting. Yes, we have empty areas at the northern end of the strip. Progress in the current financial climate is slower than anyone would hope for. But, with such quality establishments as Cecchi’s, excellent restaurant and takeaway The Jolly Good Indian, newly opened Chef & Co, and soon to open (May 2019) award winning Kustom Klaws as well as the Paleo orientated butcher Paddock + Farm all giving the Bedford end of the strip a reason to thrive, it’s surely not going to be long before people start to fill in the gaps and redevelopments begins. 

And then at the other end of the strip, we have the family run, juggernaut of Three Coins and Trio, Louis spinning some of the finest coffee’s from Nexus and then, above Louis is the jawdropping foodie heaven that is 2nd Ave IGA……..and nestled in between Aldi looks like they are breaking ground soon in alignment with their late 2019 opening date. Bringing with it 2 retail spaces and a café space on site. We’re finding it hard to come up with any reasons why Beaufort Street is in trouble!

Progress in the ‘hood is a good and timely thing. The area deserves a shopping strip that is vibrant and eclectic. We have an excellent range of facilities that we can use at our disposal. Sure, it’s not as pretty as Mount Hawthorn’s Scarborough Beach Road, or have the potential ‘stroll-ability’ that you may find in Leederville’s Oxford Street, but it is accessible (thanks State Route 53!) and we do have vibrant hubs the whole way along Beaufort Street.

It’s good for the area, it’s good for the local economy and it’s good for the soul. Shopping local means that businesses get to earn a living, form relationships with all of us and we get the BEST service we can from our Strip. It’s a win-win for us all!

Who’s in the Hood?

10 with… Hoodburger!

“It’s all about simple, done well.”
Matt, Hoodburger.

We all get very excited when a new business comes to our neck of the wood. And we are VERY excited about Perth’s very own cult burger outlet opening up on Beaufort St!

The Inglewood venue has been 2 years in the making (yes, you read that right, 2 years!) with lots of too-ing and fro-ing with the City of Stirling, planners and developers. Working with respected interior designers Design Theory of Freo on the fit out, Matt and his brother Tom have made sure their new burger joint will be somewhere to sit and relish. (Sorry, not sorry about the pun!)

We had a chat with Matt, Hoodburger’s own boss-man, logo maker and recipe perfecter about the ‘Wood’s newest burger hangout…

1// What’s the story?
A passion for cooking has been at the heart of Hoodburger since the early days of buying a $1,300 BBQ to help supplement studying. Little did Matt know that off the back of doing pop-up events around Perth and catering to crowds of 300+ (in a 30 year old kitchen!) at Baysie Bowling Club that Hoodburger would have a bricks and mortar shop in Northbridge in 2017 and be opening a second in Inglewood – all in under 2.5 years!

2// What is unique about Hoodburger?
The quality of the food. Everything is sourced from WA and painstakingly chosen for their quality. Their burger buns are a well-guarded secret! Working with the bakery, the brothers have perfected the Hoodburger bun to perfection and many competitors have asked for the recipe – unsuccessfully!

3// Tell us about the burgers?
So much time and thought has gone into each burger. A small range, done to perfection is the name of the game at Hoodburger. A liquor licence (from Mid 2019) means there will be a variety of beers from local breweries chosen to compliment the burgers. 

4// Where did the idea for Hoodburger come from?
The name Hoodburger came from the 1997 movie Good Burger and started as a ‘one night only’ cooking burgers out the back of The Bird in Northbridge. 

5// Why Inglewood?
Matt: “Being surrounded by cool boutique shops in Inglewood such as Billie + Rose and La Luna made the decision to make Inglewood home easy. We are excited to be part of the new wave of businesses in that part of Inglewood.”

6// Biggest challenge converting the Inglewood site?
The learning curve has been huge for the Hoodburger boys! A brand-new full refurb of the site’s old offices created its own challenges. “Working with a designer on the refit has been fun and working through the required regulations with the City has been a lengthy process, but it has been worth it to get what we want.” Having a corporate business background as well as in graphic design and hospitality, Matt has been able to draw on his experience in all of these past lives to help him create Hoodburger. 

7// Best Hoodburger?!
Matt: “I can’t say! Each one has been tested and tweaked to what we think is perfection. My favourite burger is a plain cheeseburger. Simple and perfectly cooked.”

8// Company’s Mantra?
We love simple, high quality burgers.

9// Guilty pleasure?
Beer and a burger (of course!)

10// Who will be overseeing Hoodburger Inglewood?
Some of their loyal and highly skilled staff great staff are coming over from the Northbridge site, as well as brother Tom will be manager and part owner of Hoodburger Inglewood.

Hood burger is opening its doors on Monday 4th March.
For more information check out their Facebook page: @itshoodburger or start drooling over their burgers on their Instagram feed: @itshoodburger

Hoodburger.
848 Beaufort Street. 
Open daily. BYO welcome.
Sun – Thurs: 11am – 9pm 
Fri and Sat: 11am – 10pm

New Kids on the Block Pt.1

It’s an exciting time on our Beaufort St. strip right now. We are seeing lots of businesses choosing the Inglewood on Beaufort neighbourhood to locate their shops. This is the first in a series of blog posts welcoming our new neighbours to the ‘Wood.

This Friday (18th Jan) see’s the much anticipated new revamp of the restaurant at 1000 Beaufort St, Bedford. Chef & Co Restaurant is the brainchild of successful business owner Yvonne Khan and Chef and Co-Owner Darren King.

With Darren produces modern Australian dishes paired with excellent local wines. A variety of dishes that suit all, including a children’s menu. Spoilt for choice – see for yourself here!

Wanting to know more about them and the new business we asked co-owner Yvonne a few questions about Chef & Co:

1// Hello, my name is… 
Yvonne Khan.

2// What is the business about?
Chef & Co has been created by Yvonne Khan (owner) and Darren King (owner/chef) Australian modern cuisine using fresh produce and local wines from the unique Swan Valley.

3// What’s your story? 
Having lived in Melbourne during my early years and deciding to go into Hospitality training in Hotel Management, moving to Tasmania, Alice Springs and then Perth for various roles in the industry. 

My biggest achievement has been to renovate and open the award winning Padburys in Guildford which I owned for 12 years.  This building use to be a co-op, then a warehouse so it was a huge renovation no running  water, rewiring the whole building, no gas.  The kitchen was a horse stable!

4// How do you start your day?
With a good cup of coffee, I live in the Swan Valley so fortunate to live on 10 acres I also run a small Bed and Breakfast on the property so I do keep busy.

5// What does a typical day look like for you?
Just not enough hours for me with the workload, but I still manage to have a decent social life.

6// Most memorable facepalm moment? 
I think finding out I was pregnant with Georgia was the most memorable and surprising for me.

7// What’s the most surprising thing about running your own business? 
I love talking to different people and ensuring they have a great experience in my venue.

8// Company’s motto? 
Good food. Good Service. Value for money.

9// Favourite coffee haunt?!
My house

10// Guilty pleasure?
Chocolate and too much socializing with lots of nice wine and good friends.

Chef & Co Restaurant is open for business from Friday 18th January.
1000 Beaufort Street, Bedford.

Serves lunch, dinner and coffee.
Groups, parties, walk-ins and children welcome.
For bookings email: bookings@chefandcorestaurant.com.au
For more information check out their Facebook page: @chefandcorestaurant

FREE Family friendly Fringe at Fr’Inglewood

We are just a teeny-tiny bit excited about our first dip into the world of Fringe. Adding even more family fun to Monday nights at the Inglewood on Beaufort Street night markets from January 14th for FIVE WEEKS!

Fr’Inglewood will feature a fun mix of child-friendly dance, singalongs, circus, acrobatics and music as part of the buildup to Perth’s annual summer Fringe World festival. We have some of the most wonderful acts performing highlights from their Fringe World shows all in the ‘Wood! Check them out from 6:15pm – 8:30pm on Mondays in the Inglewood Town Square.

From a nine-piece Soul band to pirate fun for the kids, the free family event, aims to support the artists of Perth’s Fringe World Festival, including WA’s ‘Homegrown Heroes’ – talented local artists and performers.

If you live in a cave and don’t know much about Fringe, well here’s a quick low-down; Fringe World is a annual event with 700 acts, around 138 venues and performance spaces over 31 days from January 19. It is a mix of paid and free events catering for the young, the young at heart and everyone else in between! 

Music at Fr’Inglewood in the 2019 season will include the nine-piece Milford Street Shakers with a live showcase from its Soul Slap! performance, which takes a journey across the iconic 60s musical landscape of Soul, Blues and R&B to dance along to the Watusi, the Mashed Potato and the Twist in a dance party of epic proportions.

Forever in my Life is a tribute to performer Prince  which will be a taster of Prince songs, stories and musings with fringe artist Michael Wheatley who had a close connection with Prince’s music and art and performed the lead role in the Australian Prince Show in the early 90s.

Through the music of Prince, Michael explores the blurry lines between inspiration and imitation, the connection we feel we have with our idols and the grief we can feel at the loss of someone we’ve never even met.

More Soul music comes in the form of Movin’ Melvin Brown’s, 50s 60s Black soul music plus tap.

Melvin is regarded as the last of the great song and dance men with a career of song, tap dance and storytelling over five decades and featuring songs of Ray Charles, James Brown, Sam Cooke, and Otis Redding and tap-dancing to Michael Jackson music.

With a focus more on the youngsters, Do you SEA me? is a singalong, LED-light juggling, circus, a sea shanty circus show on the high seas.

Perth circus artist, Pirateman Michael brings all the cliches of piracy to a show of sing-alongs in between contact juggling, LED/fire spinning, flow arts, and illusionary acts.

While Let it go! Singalong and Dance was created for children aged 3 to 12, mums and dads are also encouraged to join in the fun with favourite songs from kids’ films.

Come dressed as your favourite character, like a mermaid, princess, genie, pirate, or lion for this show created by Zane Alexander and Chloe King, stars of live shows including The Wish Upon A Star Disney Ball (Perth Convention Centre), Shrek, Ben 10, and Scooby Doo.

Bringing along more fun for the kids is How to Catch a Unicorn, where unicorns Skyla and Felicity take your kids on an enchanted, magical journey to try and find their very own unicorn friend.

There are more pirates with Pirates!! where children can choose their own adventure pirate show with Pirate Captains Boots and Redbeard. 

Pirates!! takes groups of children from age 4 to 12, on an imaginary journey in search of treasure while seamlessly integrating the children’s input into the plot.

For your fun, circus entertainment we bring you YUCK! Circus – a powerhouse of female circus performers using high-flying acrobatics combined with comedy and dance.

And for those looking for a Monday night laugh I can make you Irish, is stand-up comedy from award winning comic Mary Bourke who presents a hilarious show on what it means to be ‘authentically Irish’.

As well as ALL THIS entertainment, Inglewood Monday Night Markets is still the ONLY way to enjoy a ‘no cook Monday’ with a combination of food trucks, marquees and shops along Beaufort Street including bars, restaurants, coffee shops, gift and lifestyle shops to browse.

We know where we will be on Jan 14th and every monday afterwards for 5 weeks. See you there!