Rice Baby: new restaurant hopes to shift perceptions of Subiaco


Rice Baby bartender Gabe Baptistella. Picture: Andrew Ritchie
Rice Baby bartender Gabe Baptistella. Picture: Andrew Ritchie

A NEW restaurant is determined to make its mark in Subiaco and break down negative attitudes about the suburb.

Rice Baby, which opened on Hay Street last week , is the sister restaurant of Claremont’s Miss Chow’s.

Subiaco resident and Rice Baby owner Kelda Jones said she could not think of a better place to open the Asian restaurant.

She said she envisaged the restaurant becoming a true destination venue, which would bring people back to Subiaco.

“As a resident of Subiaco, I see the potential and am still passionate about this great suburb,” she said.

“My kids attend the primary school, there is a great sense of community and everything you need is at your finger tips, so I couldn’t think of a better place to give something back to a community that provides us with so much already.”

She said Subiaco often got unnecessary bad press.

“It is of course concerning about the number of businesses that have closed in Subiaco over the recent months, but we need to remember that there have been new businesses that have also opened,” she said.

“Anything said or published about Subiaco always seems to focus on the negative rather than the positive.

“It’s hard out there if you are a small business owner, no matter where you are located. In our first few days of official trading we’ve been thrilled with the number of people through the door.”

Ms Jones said she hoped the restaurant would be the start of something new for Subiaco.

She said the Rice Baby cocktail creations were one of a kind and a must-try

“We’re hoping that something like Rice Baby can be the start of a kind of resurgence for Subiaco, in which all businesses can benefit from,” she said.

“There is nothing currently like it in Subiaco.”