International franchise Cafe del Mar considering a Rockingham location

International franchise Cafe del Mar considering a Rockingham location

A CAFE renowned for headliner DJs and its cuisine could be heading for Rockingham Foreshore with the backing of a private consortium.

Cafe del Mar, which was founded on Spanish party island Ibiza, has expressed an interest in starting a franchise in WA.

Group general manager Anthony Leenders confirmed Rockingham was one of the sites being considered.

“ At the moment we are in the process of looking at potential sites in Rockingham, Scarborough, Cottesloe and Fremantle,” he said.

“We believe that Rockingham, like most of WA, meets many of our site acquisition requirements as being situated on the beachside with water views facing west for our customers to be able to take in the famous sunsets is at the heart of what Cafe del Mar was founded on.

“We feel as though our Mediterranean inspired food, cocktails and international music artists will bring a new and exciting element to the Rockingham food and drink scene.”

Mr Leenders said the group was working closely with local consultants and investors to secure a suitable site, and had held some talks with a private consortium regarding the opportunity.

“Cafe Del Mar was excited to hear a private consortium that has made good progress on a marina and a hotel very close to the main foreshore strip, having heard this group has now gained its environmental approvals to move forward provides confidence for our brand,” he said.

“Meetings will commence with the marina group in upcoming weeks, understanding the marine/hotel groups timelines is also major decision maker.”

The development in question is believed to be Port Rockingham, a project that has been revived recently after falling over due to financial troubles in 2011.

Port Rockingham would have 500 boat pens as well as additional cafe and retail precincts.

City of Rockingham and residents had shown support for the development when council voted to unanimously pass approval in September 2011, with submissions from the public showing 83 per cent in support.

Mayor Barry Sammels said while the City was not aware of any plans or applications, it would open its arms to Cafe del Mar.

“The City would welcome the addition of such a high-profile venue on the foreshore,” he said.

“The City is undergoing a major transformation of its foreshore and is seeking to attract establishments that encourage people to enjoy the beautiful waterfront location, and the City’s cafe and restaurant culture.

“The City has not had any active involvement in attracting Cafe Del Mar to Rockingham but we would be happy to discuss the possibility with the owners of the business and use the opportunity to brief them on our plans for the Rockingham Foreshore Revitalisation.”

Mr Leenders gave an insight as to what people might expect from Cafe del Mar should it arrive.

“Cafe del Mar pays homage to the Mediterranean basin with a Spanish DNA, combined with light French, Italian influences delivered through our authentic Mediterranean cuisine, combining influences that reflect the essence of a enjoying this relaxed, carefree and exotic lifestyle,” he said.

“The music during the days flows from our iconic Cafe del Mar Balearic chill-out sound, with evenings seeing a deep house and nu soul.

“Our venues interiors epitomize sophistication and glamour, with a soothing colour pallet, rich leathers and other luxurious materials. Cafe del Mar will make you forget where you are and transport you to the golden sands of Ibiza.”