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Cottesloe bid to beat ludicrous drink laws
Service with a smile: Manager Chris Taylor at the Indiana bar with sommelier Patrick Salord. Picture: John Mokrzycki

Cottesloe restaurant Indiana is to apply for a relaxed liquor licence that would allow it to operate as a bar and host cocktail functions.

Indiana manager Chris Taylor is the latest in a growing number of restaurateurs seeking a restricted tavern licence to avoid WA's complicated restaurant licence laws that prevent diners from ordering drinks at the bar or standing while consuming alcohol.

Mr Taylor, who also manages Fraser's restaurant at Kings Park, is seeking to change Indiana's licence after his successful application for the Old Brewery on Mounts Bay Road this year.

He said the restaurant would remain the primary focus, but the new licence would give customers more options.

It would also mean customers would not have to order food to enjoy a drink.

"It allows us to give customers flexibility to come in off the street, off the beach, and have a drink," he said. "We want the flexibility of not having to say 'no'. It's hard enough in the market as it is.

"We are trying to give people what they want, We are always going to be a restaurant first and foremost, but if you can go to the pub across the road to get a drink, you should be able to do the same here."

Mr Taylor described restaurant laws as ludicrous. "If you want a beer, wine or coffee you should be able to walk up to the bar and order one," he said.

The Town of Cottesloe, which owns the building formerly known as the Indiana Tea House, has been asked to support the application.

It was backed at a meeting of the council's development services committee last night. In a report, development services manager Andrew Jackson said the restaurant would be a tavern by name, not by nature.

The report concluded that a tavern licence would allow patrons freedom of movement at functions, "to go to the alfresco area or to take in the view".

The West Australian

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