Indiana restaurant operator takes up 15-year lease option on the building

The Indiana on Cottesloe Beach.
The Indiana on Cottesloe Beach.

INDIANA restaurant operator Red Rock Leisure has taken up its lease options after a delay that caused at least one other hospitality group to considering taking over the building on Cottesloe Beach.

“The Town can now advise that Red Rock has exercised the option to renew in the lease for a further term of 15 years, ending August 2, 2031,’ council chief executive Mat Humfrey said on Wednesday.

In April, the council claimed Red Rock had not indicated it would take up the lease option after their claimed expiry on August 4, and sent the Melbourne company a breach for claimed lack of repairs, to which Red Rock replied with a Supreme Court writ in May.

Mr Humfrey said the council and Red Rock continued to discuss the other aspects of the lease.

The lease confrontation sparked the interest of Cafe del Mar representative Eric Pearson because the groupwanted a venue in Perth.

“Fremantle Harbour was full and we’d been knocked back from Elizabeth Quay because we did not have WA operational experience,” Mr Pearson said.

Mr Pearson’s Inspire WA was behind a bid for a $70 million water park in Bullsbrook in 2011.

He said Cafe del Mar was now looking at a possible Rockingham venue after being told the Indiana’s issues could take a year to resolve.