A FOOD and entertainment venue has opened in Maylands after five years of planning and construction.
Lyric Lane, which is a bar, bistro, cafe and live music venue named after the street it is on, held a “soft” opening on July 31.
It joins Rossonero Pizzeria, Italian cafe Rifo’s and The Seasonal Brewing Company, which is under construction, in Lyric Lane.
Father and son duo Michiel and Konrad de Rutyer received development approval from Bayswater Council in 2014.
However, they had to apply for other approvals, including a liquor licence and road closure, and went through red tape since then.
Owner Michiel said while they were not disgruntled with the lengthy process, there were ways the process could be improved.
“It has been a long haul,” he said.
“If you are doing it by yourself like we have, you are having to come across (red tape) this the whole time,” he said.
“The system is designed around people knowing and feeding them (local government and State Government bodies) what they want to have.
“It is not designed towards mums and dads and business people doing it themselves.”
Michiel said the process had been worthwhile and the business’ goals were to become the community’s “go-to” place and introduce them to local produce and wine at affordable prices.
Venue manager Konrad said the underground live music area had a capacity of 170 people and would be open in three months.
“We are not genre specific… we are just trying to embrace what local artists are doing and support them,” he said.
Konrad said they received a fantastic response from locals so far.
“We are really proud to be a part of the team that is Maylands,” he said.
“There are so many owner-operators in the area that are working towards making Maylands a destination.
“We love the fact that being in Maylands, it is all about locals.
“Most of the people who come through here are within walking distance.”