Plans afoot to funk up Midland after approval of small bar

Rex McCrae at the site of his tapas bar and restaurant. Picture: David Baylis  d468895
Rex McCrae at the site of his tapas bar and restaurant. Picture: David Baylis d468895

MOVE over Mt Lawley, plans are afoot to funk up Midland following a decision by the City of Swan to grant approval for a small bar in the old town centre.

Local entrepreneur Rex McCrae said the retail and cafe strip along Old Great Northern Highway was primed for a renaissance.

“Now demographics have changed and with the bustle of inner-city living, the Midland town centre is screaming out for evening entertainment,” he said.

“Old Great Northern Highway has always been the heart and soul of Midland.

“It has beautifully restored buildings, it is pedestrian and cycle-friendly, and has a park and open space. Once our city centre, this area now has the potential to rival similar strips in Mt Lawley and Leederville.”

Mr McCrae said obtaining council approval to operate a small bar at his turn- of-the-century property at 15 Old Great Northern Highway came after interest from established restaurant operators in Perth and Swan Valley breweries.

“We are now seeking the right operator to rejuvenate this end of town,” Mr McCrae said.

“Now is the time to funk up Midland. The Quest apartments are about to resume again in The Crescent, there are new apartments earmarked for Helena Street and the new Midland hospital has opened.

“We have some great established cafes, restaurants and coffee shops, and a small bar will only encourage more ventures to come on board.”

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