FORMER Fremantle Docker teammates Peter Bell and Byron Schammer have reunited, joining forces with three others to open up New York-inspired bar Peaky Bodega in Mt Lawley next Friday.
The bar, which was formerly Malt and owned by the ABC Breakfast presenter until he sold it in 2011, has been given a makeover – and will open from Wednesdays to Sundays for afternoons until late.
“Obviously I was involved in this venue back in 2011 when I sold out,” he said.
“It just got to a stage where I had a young family and wanted to do other things.
“Now it’s been a reasonably long hiatus and I realised there was an opportunity to purchase the business earlier this year.
“Myself and Byron and three other friends decided we’d have a go at getting the business back up and purchased it.
“Collectively we’ve pulled together and given it a makeover.”
With a strong focus on the beverage selection, patrons can enjoy beers, cocktails and wines from the bar or enjoy VIP bottle service booths.
Food is also a focus with New York style pizza, fried chicken and charcuterie boards all on the menu.
“We are New York inspired, though I have to confess my exposure through New York has been mostly through movies –I have been there once,” he said.
“In saying that my business partners collectively have been there seven or eight times through other work, and they’ve all had great times in New York.
“It has a vibrant hospitality scene and we’re trying to make our own in little piece of New York right here in Mt Lawley.
“It’s a great area and I’ve noticed of late there’s a host of new restaurants opening up and while I know Leederville has attracted a lot of attention lately I think Mt Lawley is making a bit of a comeback.
“Hopefully we’ve got our timing right and can add to the flavour of the suburb.
“It’s always been a great suburb, with great people, it has a great community sort of atmosphere and we want to be part of it.”
Hoping to be fairly hands on without being too involved, Bell said bar-goers would probably find himself and his former teammate helping throughout the week.
“Some of us will spend more time in here than others, we’re all incredibly busy but we all have a lot of passion as well,” he said.
“I have some flexibility especially out of football season and I tend to spend a bit of time down here but you’re likely to see myself, Byron will be sticking his head in here all the time and I’m sure the others will as well.”
The venue will also host special events, including a function on Melbourne Cup Day.
WHAT: Peaky Bodega
WHERE: 677 Beaufort Street, Mt Lawley
WHEN: Wednesday and Thursday 4pm – late, Friday 4pm – 3am, Saturday 12pm – 3am, Sunday 12pm – late