Cafe dream crashes to earth

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A sign on the door of the cafe says the lessee has been locked out of the premises by the landlord and any attempt to enter the premises would be viewed as break and enter and become a police matter.

When he opened Eiffel Cafe in August 2013, Mr Enriquez told the Hills Gazette that despite three shops closing in the town centre, Kalamunda was growing and shaping up as a foodies destination.

At the time, Chamber of Commerce marketing manager Karen Stevens said the businesses had not closed but relocated.

‘There was plenty of opportunity for new businesses in the shire with a changing landscape, increased urban sprawl and the need for quality eating establishments services and retail,’ Mrs Stevens said.

Ron Farris Real Estate commercial property manager Tom Jack said Mr Enriquez still owed the company a significant amount of unpaid rent for the Railway Road premises, including an electricity bill.

Mr Jack said the agency managed ‘six or seven’ of the 14 cafes in the area.

While Mr Enriquez maintained he had paid some accounts, Mr Jack said there was still a large amount of cash outstanding.

‘If Mr Enriquez walks through the door tomorrow and pays us what he owes, he can have the keys to the cafe back,’ Mr Jack said.

Mr Enriquez said the original owner of the business was considering coming back to re-open the cafe.

Mr Jack said Mr Enriquez was warned in each of the past three months to pay the outstanding amount or he would be locked out of the premises.

‘The rent was due on the first of the month and he has had a lot of warnings to pay,’ he said.

One local businessman, who asked not to be identified, commented: ‘It’s great to aim for the moon but you need rockets in your pockets to get you there, otherwise you come crashing back to earth’.