Subiaco Continental brings a taste of New York and Paris to corner of Rokeby Road

Source: Perth Now

When Miles Hull took on an empty venue on the prime corner of Subiaco’s high street four years ago, he knew the inner city suburb was on the cusp of greatness again.

And on Friday the Dark Horse Hospitality Group managing director will open the doors to Subiaco Continental, his warm and modern offering set to bring a taste of New York and Paris to Perth.

“What we’re trying to do here is a bit of a village tavern bistro, a little bit inspired by European bistros but with a very contemporary feel,” he said. “But we’re in Perth, so we want a very West Australian feel as well.

“We’re not Melbourne, we’re not LA, we’re not New York nor Paris so it was about being a nice, light, bright bistro.”

The highly anticipated new 400-capacity restaurant and bar sits at the site of another Subiaco great, the old Pavilion Markets, at the base of Blackburne’s landmark One Subiaco tower that is home to 500 residents.

It’s the first of a handful of new food and beverage operators set to move in on the ground floor with a burger joint, cafe and a fresh food market gearing up behind closed doors.

Hull said he hoped Subiaco Continental would bring back some of the all-day dining options he enjoyed during his younger years in Subiaco, including at the famous 24-hour Oriel Cafe and the bistro at the Subi Hotel.

He said it was great to be joining the new wave of food and beverage operators breathing new life into the Subiaco food scene.

“I’ve loved Subi for ages and we came across this deal about four years ago, and at that point Subi was probably not at its highlight,” he said.

“We did think though that Subi has such a beautiful high street, we’ve got the railway line right next to us, we’re at the bottom of a great shopping street, with a theatre, lots of inner-city residents … and a really great mix of businesses that choose to have their offices in Subi.

“And we really thought all those things are a recipe for a great inner city suburb or village and every village needs a great tavern and bistro on its corner so that’s exactly what we wanted to do.”

Hull is no stranger to hospitality success. He was the driving force behind the launch of Fremantle’s Little Creatures and the Alex Hotel in Northbridge, with Dark Horse Hospitality also overseeing the $40 million transformation of the Rottnest Lodge into The Lodge Wadjemup.

He said Subiaco Continental will be able to transition from day to night, with alfresco seating or cosy indoor dining, and cater for both casual catch-ups and something more special.

The menu will feature fresh oysters and seafood plucked from a glass cabinet on the limestone bar, delicious pastas, a classic cheeseburger, 600g aged rib eye steak and Lion’s mane mushrooms from head chef Marcello Segalina.

“People can come in after work, they can have a coffee, they can have a dinner date here, or they can meet up with some friends for a late-night bite to eat,” he said.

“We are trying to be that really nice corner venue that you can pop into for a plate or glass at any time.”

For now it is set to open Monday to Saturday, 11.30am to late, with a supper menu to satisfy hungry showgoers after a night at the Regal Theatre.