Perth Restaurant Redevelopment Seems To Be Out of Favour With Families
After undergoing a multimillion dollar redevelopment, a local Perth restaurant seems to have gotten off on the wrong foot with local families.
An upmarket tavern that overlooks the ocean at Port Beach in North Fremantle has come under fire by patrons, who claim there has been a ban on kids and parents with prams inside the establishment.
But the owner of Coast Port Beach, recently opened as a multi-million dollar redevelopment of the old Salt on the Beach, disputes parents’ accounts of being given marching orders – and says the swanky venue aims at being “everybody’s beach house.”
Everyone, that is, except kids at night, according to a woman who recently dined at the tavern.
“We went there the other night for dinner at 7.30 and was told it was an over-18 venue,” the woman who didn’t want to be named angrily told WAtoday.
“So my 16-year-old son couldn’t come in, but my 18-year-old could.
“It’s not as though my kids were three or four and were feral.
“It’s obvious they want to turn the place into yuppie place where teenagers are not allowed.”
The woman said she marched out of the pub and headed into Fremantle for dinner.
She doesn’t plan on heading back soon and said word was spreading amongst mum and dads around the port city to avoid it.
“Word is getting out you can’t take your kids there for dinner,” she said.
Coast owner Ian Hutchinson said there was an evening restriction on under 18s but only in part of the tavern.
“We certainly do not have any ‘anti- kids’ policies in place, we are not sure where these sentiments are coming from,” he said.
“In fact, nearly three quarters of our venue is dedicated to family friendly dining. Cargo Bar is the only area restricted to 18 years at night time because we would like to separate minors from the people who come to drink alcohol.”
However, another angry parent told WAtoday his wife was turned away with her mother’s group on the weekend because they tried to enter the venue with prams.
“She was very upset and the group ended up leaving,” he said.
Again, this notion was challenged by Mr Hutchinson.
“We don’t turn people with prams, or patrons under 18 away,” he said.
“We tend to seat different customers in different areas to ensure each person is getting the experience that they desire, but everyone will always have a fantastic view of the ocean.”
A number of people have complained on the Coast Port Beach Facebook about the venue not being welcoming for kids.
Ironically, when the owners were spruiking the $2.5 million spruce up of the building it flagged the iconic “playground” that was used by kids at Salt on Beach would remain.
But one person said the playground seemed to have disappeared.
“Our first visit since The Salt has closed down and we were very curious how the new place might be,” the person wrote.
“Unfortunately we had to realise that families are not longer very welcome. ‘Dress code’ and the kids playground has gone. Were told by staff that there is now a dedicated ‘restricted’ area for families with kids. Great, two rows of tables in the bare sun, not much shade around. Maybe a great place for Yuppies and Dinks but you won’t see us there anymore.”
Mr Hutchinson once more sought to clarify the playground situation.
“As we are only in week two of opening, our play area is still being tweaked to ensure kids can be entertained,” he said.
“During our first week, unfortunately some of our furniture – including high chairs – had arrived late. We know that this caused an inconvenience at the time and I do apologise for that, however we now have ample high chairs.
“I really hope we can clear up the idea that Coast isn’t family friendly, because it is. We are just also trying to cater to a variety of patrons.”
Another Facebook user was miffed kids seemed unwelcome.
“I was a big fan of Salt on the Beach and although it needed a tidy up, I’m really disappointed in Coast,” she wrote.
“No beer brewed on site anymore, no pints, no children allowed in the bar after 3pm when we went yesterday. We’re obviously not the desired clientele anymore. If you’re young, beautiful and relatively well off then you’ll love it.”