Kailis family plan for Trigg

Kent Acott
George 'Victor' Kailis.

The Kailis family has big plans for Trigg beach.

After buying the Trigg Island Cafe about a year ago, the family now wants to turn it into a major beachfront food and beverage destination with a cafe and espresso bar, a casual dining seafood barbecue grill and a bar.

Plans are about to be presented to the City of Stirling for approval and the family is keen to have the business up and running by next year.

Redevelopment director George "Victor" Kailis said the development would create a unique dining experience for Perth locals and drive tourists to the area.

"Trigg beach is a hidden jewel on Perth's coastline," he said. "The location we have selected offers unobstructed 180-degree ocean views that are an extremely rare feature on the WA dining scene.

"It's actually very surprising how underutilised this area is.

"WA is renowned for having some of the most beautiful beaches in the world but we offer very little in terms of beachfront dining.

"Our vision is to bring vibrancy to the area with a stunning venue that delivers delicious, fresh, high quality food at an affordable price." Mr Kailis said acclaimed designer Hecker Guthrie had been appointed to the project.

"We are working with Hecker Guthrie on some exciting creative concepts that will set a new benchmark in design quality and appeal to people of all ages," he said.

"At the heart of this project is a vision to deliver a venue that makes an important contribution to the community and to Perth's hospitality scene and provides patrons with an exceptional dining experience at an affordable price.

"We'll be offering customers fresh, quality produce with an ocean-to-table menu, stunning interiors and the best views in Perth."

The Kailis family has a vast network that goes beyond WA.

George Palassis Kailis came to Australia from the Greek island of Kastellorizio in 1914.

Initially selling fish from a basket, he started working at a fish and chip shop in Barrack Street and eventually took it over.

The landmark shop closed in 1990.

George's four sons - Peter, Theo, Michael and Victor - all worked in the family business before branching out.