The Duke Bar and Bistro in Carramar wins grand title

Danny Kapinkoff, Tourism WA deputy chairman Howard Cearns and Adam Kapinkoff with the award. Picture: Michael Bain
Danny Kapinkoff, Tourism WA deputy chairman Howard Cearns and Adam Kapinkoff with the award. Picture: Michael Bain

PATIENCE and hard work has paid off for the Kapinkoff family, with their Carramar venue winning a major hospitality award last week.

The Duke Bar and Bistro was joint winner of best new venue at the Australia Hotels Association WA Hospitality Awards for Excellence.

“It’s a huge honour. There were lots of other quality finalists so it means a lot,” operations manager Adam Kapinkoff said.

Opening in June, the Duke had been a dream of the family’s for seven years but Mr Kapinkoff said the wait had been worth it.

“It’s been a long project so it’s good to have this acknowledgement,” he said.

“We’re really excited to win such an important award.”

Mr Kapinkoff said the award was great recognition for his staff, who were a big part of the venue’s success, and acknowledged the support from the local community.

Other northern suburbs winners included The Ashby Bar and Bistro for best retail bottle shop and the Greenwood Hotel as joint winner of best sporting entertainment venue.

Danielle van Coevorden, from the Greenwood Hotel, and The Breakwater’s Mark Twomey tied for the best head chef award and White Salt chef Josh Vears was highly commended for best cookery services.