City of Subiaco - New businesses help to increase vibrancy and boost local economy
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New businesses help to increase vibrancy and boost local economy
Wednesday 25 November 2020

Despite the economic impacts of COVID-19, Subiaco has welcomed a number of exciting new businesses in recent months that have helped to attract new visitors and increase vibrancy in the town centre.

One of the biggest new arrivals is Vibe Hotel which opened its doors in October. The hotel is the first of its kind in Subiaco and has already been well received by intrastate travellers.

Vibe Hotel also runs a street level café and a rooftop restaurant serving hotel guests, local workers and residents.

The iconic Subiaco Hotel is undergoing a major renovation and is set to open its doors in late November to once again become a cornerstone of the Perth pub scene.

The owners – who bought the hotel in 2019 – are working hard to maintain the venue’s architecture and heritage integrity while revitalising and refreshing the well-loved space.

Adding to the increasingly popular bar scene in Subiaco, Old Values arrived just as COVID-19 restrictions started to ease, providing a great new watering hole for after work drinks and weekend fun.

On the food front, Be Free Organics set-up shop on Hay Street selling plant-based meals and goodies, and Restaurant Caleb – from renowned chef Caleb Azuka – opened in October serving up Italian food in the restaurant and rooftop bar.

Ribs & Burgers announced its arrival in Subiaco Square – only its second store in WA – with free burgers for its first 200 customers attracting an excited (and hungry) crowd. French patisserie, Layers Bakery, has also chosen to call Subiaco Square home.

Award-winning winemaker, Larry Cherubino, has now opened the much-anticipated Cherubino City Cellar – an upmarket wine bar and bottle shop with a private dining room and tasting area.

The new hotspot brings a taste of Margaret River to the City, showcasing a variety of Western Australian and Italian wines.

While already a Subiaco stable at its gourmet deli in Crossways Shopping Centre, Urban Soul Foods has branched out and opened an additional premises on Rokeby Road with a wider selection of treats, gourmet groceries, deli offerings and coffee.

Re_find Preloved joined the community in September with their pop-up shop at CVue Property, adding more colour and vibrancy to Rowland Street.

Subiaco also welcomed a number of new office tenants.

Mayor Penny Taylor welcomed all of Subiaco’s new arrivals and said the large amount of new investment showed confidence in the City and indicated a strong future.

“The City has worked hard to attract new business and investment, and help existing businesses thrive to ensure we have a strong and robust local economy,” she said. 

“With so many new businesses setting up shop and key projects in the pipeline, such as One Subiaco and Subi East, Subiaco is poised for a vibrant and strong future.” 

Mayor Penny Taylor at Vibe Hotel's rooftop restaurant

Mayor Penny Taylor at Vibe Hotel's new rooftop restaurant, Storehouse

New bar and restaurant on the horizon

One Subiaco has announced its anchor tenant which is set to attract locals and visitors alike when it opens in October 2022. 

Hospitality giant Miles Hull (Little Creatures, Alex Hotel, The Quarter Acre Hotel) will bring a European style bar and restaurant to the highly anticipated inner-city development by Blackburne. 

One Subiaco will include a number of other exciting food, beverage and retail opportunities.