Restaurants

Embarrassing Amount Of Famousness And Genius

I'm only posting this to inform you, esteemed reader, of updates in the day of A Beautiful City.

Called in as a last minute expert for Jamie Oliver, I appeared in Australia's Sunday Times (Perth) to comment on the transformation of William Street due to Jamie's Italian restaurant now there.

This was really embarrassing because it means I now have to humble-brag everywhere I go.

Here's some of the content I gave to Gail Williams, the reporter:

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"Because Jamie Oliver represents divinity in food design, deserving local product is brought to nose-to-nose with the enormous design economy that Jamie Oliver represents - such as the artwork of Kyle Hughes-Odgers, which is in the restaurant and the surrounding precinct."

"Jamie's Italian contributes to the after 5 foot traffic profile in William Street." 

"The City of Perth Economic Development Strategy 2010-2019 has an outcome of '15% growth in foot traffic in William Street from 2009-2014, to 7,894 people per summer weekday' (page 11)." 

"We measure foot traffic in 9 Perth locations (not William Street), but can confirm that this footfall target appears to have been met"

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How do I really feel about it?

I've never eaten at Jamies Italian - never eaten at Italian restaurants at all*

I can cook tomatos - I can't roll sushi.

The best thing about William Street design is not the retailers at the moment, it's the shopfronts and pedestrian realm.

Jamie's could well have been an independent restaurant, which would have been better.

And the steel chairs out the front are not good. Go wood. Steel is cold on your appendix.

We don't have to pretend that super-tenants revitalise our streets.

But without their cash, landlords cannot proceed, usually.

Unfortunately, Jamie's does not get a good reviews on Urbanspoon, hence my sour ending.  Jamie's Italian on Urbanspoon

You could say the people are disappointed.

*Except for Capri - but you go there to see a Nonna in her slippers.

Below: An example of an after-5 peak in foot-traffic.

Average hourly footfall for each day of the week in Albany Highway, East Victoria Park, Australia.

 

 

Hanoi, Here We Went

But first, this is where we left it:

A Beautiful City's company mascot, Super Chubbs, was getting some kip in Singapore Changi Airport:

And then we went to Phnom Penh.

We know the ride from the Phnom Penh airport to my hotel was going to be ugly but we still pinched what photos we could.

It's Superb!

I love this.

A jolly mintox Octopus Sign.

Beautifully conceived and prepared: The preparation of the building in white is just as important as the fine, grey octopus.

Every councillor must understand how signage affects their disctrict, for good and for bad.

And this is a good one.

And, oh - look: a Ford Falcon something-or-other done in burnt tobacco racing green.

Hooked Healthy Seafood, 172 Chapel Street, Windsor, Australia

And here's Chapel Street, Windsor. A bit. From Duke's Coffee Roasters, 169 Chapel Street.

Followed by a shop-a-dog down the road at Surace Fresh, 233 Chapel Street, Prahran

A Lesson In Business District Management

People come to our communities to communicate with each other, generate creativity and innovation and to build businesses and relationships.  And crashing into that like a Pterodactyl at a petting zoo is the public drunk.

Because if your city is full of jerks all the good people will talk about your district behind your back (in a bad way) and then go to a different district to build their communities and businesses there.

That's what the small bar legislation was for - to put large format taverns and their customers out of business so the rest of the community can get on with it.

We all want to show off to our girlfriends, and thanks to this legislation those who do not have striations in their pectorals can now appear attractive by drinking across a restaurant table without fear of being put in jail.  And at the same time actually generate the creativity and innovation which makes a district sustainable.

I know many argue that this is an intrusion on the otherwise law-abiding public who deserve to bring cartons of beer to public parks and our beaches, strip off their shirts, scream at each other - say 'fuck' a lot - leave their litter behind and then do a wee-wee on your fence.  But that's just dumb.

Seriously guys?  Emu Export?  In the drain is where it belongs.  Good sports, though. Dockers screening - Esplanade Park - Marine Terrace Fremantle, Australia.  Saturday September 28, 2013 - AFL Grand Final Day.

Hanoi Retailer Interview

This is Lam,  He is the co-owner of Ying & Yang Restaurant at 78 Ma May in Hanoi, Vietnam.

  • The restaurant is about 100sqm
  • He pays about $48,000 USD per annum in rent, including outgoings
  • It is 54 seats
  • At the time of my visit, guess how many staff were on, in the restaurant - serving at that time?  20
  • There is no minimum wage - staff are paid via negotiation
  • Rubbish is ejected out the front and plonked on the road in bags.  The walking bin cart picks it up each night at about 10pm and loads it into a bigger, waiting truck.  This is paid for by the local government
  • The time I was in, the restaurant was packed, yet this only generates, apparently, three medium sized bags of waste per day
  • Cardboard, bottles and plastics are stored on site and traded or picked up by an intermediary who takes them to a bigger recycling depot

Preventable Business Destruction

Above: We sometimes permit 'the community' to it's 'free expression' and forget it sometimes results in community destruction.

In this circumstance, someone has fly-posted their message using glue. This poster will not come off easily and the glue disfigures the wall of the business.

This sends an unwanted message to customers that the business does not care about the area. And if this is the case, why would the customers come back here?

So the business must then rectify. This costs money, staff time and management time, which should be spent in increasing community participation, not remedying destruction.

Should local governments step up and spearhead legislation (if need be) which makes the promoter and then the venue responsible for this kind of damage?

Sienna's of Leederville, 115 Oxford Street, Leederville, Australia

Another Great Reason Visit The Great Outdoors - (The City)

Cockatoo Mural at Emma's Seafood Yong Tofu, 319 William Street (corner Newcastle Street), Northbridge, Australia

A previous shot, care of Google Earth.

Bent Shops Are Best 2

As a follow-up from Wednesday's post, have a look at two shops only doors from each other.

One is irregular and has a lot of activity.  One is dead straight and is ... quiet.

Greens & Co, 123 Oxford Street, Leederville, Australia

AND

Siena's, 115 Oxford Street

Shots taken a few minutes apart.