Nat Graham-Helwig registered the business name High Road Bar and Grill the day Coles closed the doors on the former pub, and has since planned a venue and written a menu – however a confirmed location remains the final hurdle.
“(Coles) should never have let High Road Hotel go – the Lynwood Hotel is gone, there is a gap in the market and there is nowhere for people in the area to go for a meal,” he said.
“I live in the area, and I think where do I go close by? There is nowhere for the community to go.”
Mr Graham-Helwig said he has his sights set on a detached building at Stockland shopping centre in Riverton, and expects the lease to come up to enable the restaurant to go ahead and open within a year.
He said he was hoping to gauge community interest in the venture to ensure it has wide appeal.
“We want to get support and see if people have an interest; if we can come to the council and say we have the support of 10,000 people, that could help us establish the restaurant,” he said.
Mr Graham-Helwig said the eventual High Road Bar and Grill would be family friendly and offer an alternative for locals who now travelled long distances for after- hours fare.
“We want it to be part of the community, sponsoring junior footy or hockey teams… there will be plenty of alfresco, and it will be really good for the area,” he said.
“We will offer great casual dining seven days a week and on weekends we’d like to have live music… something social without needing to drive elsewhere.”
Mr Graham-Helwig called on the community to back the plan by liking and following its Facebook page, High Road Bar & Grill.