Hotel to raise the bar

New owners of the Bassendean Hotel Vincent Lee and Stefano Rossi. Picture: Marcus Whisson d426045
New owners of the Bassendean Hotel Vincent Lee and Stefano Rossi. Picture: Marcus Whisson d426045

Officially relaunched yesterday, the hotel’s new owners Stefano Rossi and Vincent Lee have introduced changes including a new bistro and wine bar and local bar and lounge.

Together the duo own The Kiosk in Fremantle and Floreat Beach and have decades of hospitality experience between them.

Mr Rossi said they were looking forward to bringing the best out of the old venue and giving it a new lease of life.

‘There surely is a lot to keep us busy,’ Mr Rossi said

‘But first thing was to make it more attractive to the local community by sorting out the bars and making more food available throughout the day.’

Mr Lee, who specialises in the wine trade, will be introducing a selection of wines and craft beers to the venue.

‘We want to make it a great local pub where women and families enjoy coming along too,’ he said.

‘It’s such a central spot with loads of parking and the train so close, by opening it up and having more food and drink options available, there will be something for everyone.’

Italian chef Mattia Meneghello will head up the kitchen, providing lunch and dinner seven days a week, while locals will also see changes to the drive-in bottle shop with the existing Bottle Mart franchise removed, in preference for a more boutique line-up of craft beers, wines and spirits.

Bassendean Mayor John Gangell said the relaunch of the hotel was another addition to the Town’s revitalisation.

‘It’s exciting for the Town and fits in with the renewal of Old Perth Road. I’m sure the locals will embrace it,’ he said. ‘It’s also great to see people such as Stefano and Vincent seeing the potential of the Town.’

There are plans to enhance the music scene by refurbishing the hotel’s back bar into a music and functions venue.