DESPITE some objection from nearby neighbours, Midland will soon be home to a new Irish tavern.
Licensee Tony Smyth, who operates 7th Avenue Bar and Restaurant, said the tavern would be called Kitty O’Shea’s.
“Our intention is to open an Irish Theme Bar and Restaurant at 1/53 The Crescent, focusing on good hearty meals and family entertainment, and the odd pint of the black stuff, Guinness,” he said in his application.
“I believe this Irish theme bar and restaurant will inject life into Midland CBD.
“The unique combination of decor, hospitality, great food, beverages and craic will create a destination people from all walks of life will want to enjoy time and again.
“There is nothing to equal the ambience of an Irish pub, nothing to match its casual and attractive sociability. Irish pubs allow people to relax and be themselves.”
City of Swan chief executive Mike Foley said the City had received 17 submissions during the public comment period.
“Of the 17 submissions received, there were 10 letters of objection and seven letters of support or no objection,” he said.
“Concerns raised by those who objected focused on the compatibility of the restaurant/tavern proposal with the surrounding area, particularly the potential for anti-social behaviour, a possible increase in noise levels and whether sufficient parking would be available.”
Mr Smyth said the concerns raised would be managed, including sufficient on-site parking.
“The noise levels will not exceed acceptable levels imposed by the Shire,” he said.
“We will have ample security present to ensure the safety of our patrons and staff.
“There will be no packaged alcohol sales for consumption off the premises.”
The tavern will take up the first floor of the three-storey mixed-use development on The Crescent.
Being developed by Midland Crescent Investments, 24 conditions have been imposed on developers, including limiting patrons to 120 people in the tavern and paying a cash-in-lieu payment of $144,000 for a shortfall of six car parking bays.