‘The demographics of the area are screaming out for something to do in the evenings,’ he said.
‘Maylands is a changing environment.’
Mr de Ruyter recently submitted plans to the City of Bayswater for his Lyric Lane bar, which will be built on the former Speedlite Cycles site.
The bar, which will require a tavern licence, will include a basement for live music performances accommodating up to 150 people.
The ground floor bar and caf� will fit about 120-130 people, while the development will also include three apartments above the venue.
Mr de Ruyter, an engineer by trade, said the development was a family project with his son Konrad and niece Eva and her husband Luke Rinaldi, a band manager, involved.
He said with this family knowledge it made sense to offer music as a part of the development, which has been designed to limit noise emissions.
‘It is also really important in Perth to have facilities where inexperienced and up and coming groups can play,’ he said.
‘We know when you have a space like this we will be able to fill it. There are not a lot of spaces like that where you have good acoustics and an environment where you don’t affect those around you.’
The bar will front Guildford Road but the main entrance will be at the rear of the property in a small laneway which leads onto Eighth Avenue.
Mr de Ruyter said car parking could be a perceived problem but most bays would be in demand during off peak times when there was less competition with existing businesses.
City of Bayswater Mayor Sylvan Albert said the development was expected to be discussed by council in September.
He said the City encouraged small businesses in the area as they provided employment and vibrancy.
Mr de Ruyter encouraged local residents to contact council, whether they supported or objected to the proposal.
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