New venue set to ignite Nedlands

Oct 26th, 2010

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Nedlands is increasing its prominence as a food and beverage destination with the opening of The Byrneleigh Tavern and Restaurant last Friday.  After only a short period in operation, the newest Nedlands hot-spot already is being hailed as the little sister to the very successful The George on St George’s Terrace in Perth’s CBD.

Operated by John Ahern, Steve Garcia and their local partner, Caroline Watson, the Byrneleigh is located in the former Terrazza Restaurant at 156 Hampden Road.  It has been totally refurbished with over $1 Million spent in enhancing the 250 person, two level venue with an outdoor courtyard.

Lease Equity Managing Director Jim Tsagalis secured the tavern and restaurant for the popular location and said “With the success of Michael de Marte’s Italian Restaurant, La Lola, the addition of the Byrneleigh to this strip is a major attraction to both Western Suburbs residents and people throughout Perth. We were very careful to choose an operator capable of taking advantage of this outstanding location.”

“The operators are very experienced and the success of The George is testimony to their ability.  We did a thorough review of The Publican Group (Ahern and Garcia’s Melbourne based pubs), and were very pleased with the way they catered for the catchments where they trade.”

The venue features former (A)lure Restaurant chef Robyn Whittaker and a dedicated Bloody Mary Bar, where patrons are able to mix their own drinks.

“We are seeing a real emergence of quality bar and restaurant venues throughout Perth.  We have recently completed a number of large scale CBD Restaurants and Taverns that will open over the next 12 months and see the whole landscape for food and beverage change in the City.” Mr Tsagalis added.

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