ALFRED’S Kitchen in Guildford is on track to receive its first major upgrade in its 70-year history.
Last month, a 1906 railway carriage was lifted by crane next to the Guildford eatery and owners Neil and Daniel Lawrence plan to convert it into extra dining space.
The carriage was transported from another fast-food outlet in Melville following a last-minute decision to acquire the carriage before it was demolished.
Alfred’s Kitchen owners are awaiting final planning approvals so they can start the restoration and open it in time for the 70th anniversary of Alfred’s in January.
Next will also be owners Neil and Daniel’s 30th year running the famous eatery.
“We only had three weeks to plan how to get it from Melville to Guildford, so it’s an amazing feat (the carriage) got here,” Neil said.
Neil and Daniel have been looking for the right carriage for several months and hired a 300sq m plot from the Public Transport Authority to put it on.
Neil said the night-time burger joint had become one of the Guildford symbols that marked the start of the Swan Valley, an area he believes is on the verge of a tourism boom.
“I think Midland, the Swan Valley and Guildford are about to explode again; there are a lot of things happening here,” he said.