WEST Leederville is packed with brunch and coffee options but Besk, a new all-in-one kitchen, bar and bottle shop, is about to change things up.
Mane Liquor owner Elliot Moore and Braham Architects owner Ben Braham will launch their new food and drink venture along Railway Parade this June.
“I’ve heard a lot of talk that at the moment West Leederville is a cafe hotspot and that after 4pm, it’s a ghost town, so we would love to bring some more life into the area in the evenings,” Mr Moore said.
The two business owners, who met through mutual friends, said their dream was to open a smart offering and local venue that does a little bit of everything for everyone, seven days a week.
“It will be a multi-faceted venue, something people are comfortable to come to any time of the day,” Mr Braham said.
“So you can bring your dog to the alfresco area, come here have a coffee and sit down in a space in the big beer barn while talking to your friends – it could be an extension of your living room in a way.”
Mr Braham said construction of Besk, set to cater 200 people, began in November last year.
“The basement is in, and the floors are going in soon and technically this is a fit out on steroids because our roofs and the envelope is the same but everything else is changing,” he said.
The building, located next door to Mary Street Bakery, dated back to the 1930’s, but was not heritage listed.
“We want to work with the building we’ve been left with which tells us the story of West Leederville,” Mr Braham said.
Mr Moore and Mr Braham removed the plasterboard panelling’s that covered the bare bones of the building and found history they wanted to keep.
“There’s the evolution of connection through of what it was,” Mr Braham said.
“Rather than drawing and just changing it, we came in over weekends and pulled down plasterboard panelling’s and found beautiful timber elements which we will incorporate in the design – we’re trying to use the fabric rather than just removing it where possible.”
Mr Moore said working alongside Mr Braham had been great, as they both brought separate responsibilities and ideas to the table.
“Rather than us both trying to do the same thing it’s good to have the difference in skill sets all for a common goal,” he said.