THE changing social nature of Osborne Park’s Main Street is just one reason Sondrea Espresso owner Nick Gianotti decided to open his cafe in the area last month.
The City of Stirling strip is being revitalised by community groups, business owners and artists in the hope it will become a vibrant hub for locals.
Mr Gianotti, whose family have lived in the area for decades, said that once the space in the IGA complex became available, he jumped at the chance to open his cafe.
“The future development and the already solid foot traffic were always going to be ideal for our concept,” he said.
“The response we have already had from local coffee lovers has been extraordinary.
“I really hope that we can be the first of many diverse tenants for the strip.
“I’d like to see this area become a real social hub, by foot and by car, where people can spend time and enjoy their neighbourhood.”
Mr Gianotti said his cafe offered diners a fresh, modern, casual, clean space, which catered for people socialising and those working in the area.
“The name Sondrea Espresso is homage to my late grandfather and is derived from his birthplace and name combined,” he said.
“He was a popular member of the local community and worked in the vicinity for more than 60 years.
“Our aim is to cater for people who are looking for healthy, new-age food offerings.”
Main Street Co-op co-chairwoman Tania Pietracatella said it was great to see businesses like Mr Gianotti’s embrace Main Street as an area to invest.
“We are really excited about new businesses opening along the strip,” she said.
“I’m sure there will be plenty more starting up which is great.”
Mrs Pietracatella, who is working with the city and Main Roads WA to improve the street and create a piazza in the area, said she was hoping traffic calming measures would only add to the location.
“Our aim is fewer cars, more people,” she said.
For more information on the group visit www.facebook.com/ Main-Street-Co-op.