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New café for Dunsborough foreshore

The tender for the construction and operation for a new eatery on the Dunsborough Foreshore has been awarded to the Margaret River Hospitality Group (MRHG).

The City of Busselton announced last week that the MRHG was chosen as the preferred lease-holder of the Crown land site as a result of a tender process which began in August 2014.

MRHG Partner Anthony Janssen said that the foreshore café would be similar to another venue owned by the Group, the White Elephant Beach Café on Gnarabup Beach.

“We have a proven track record with the White Elephant Beach Café and we are very much looking forward to bringing our hospitality focussed ethos and culture to Dunsborough,” Janssen said.

“The café footprint will be quite small, 200 square metres, which will seat about 90 people inside about 40 people outside.

“Just like the White Elephant, the environment is top of mind when it comes to the design and construction of the new café.

“We expect to build a basic skillion structure using as much natural material as possible.

“Given the small footprint, the building will blend in to the natural surrounds and have as little visual and environmental impact as possible - the emphasis will be on the location and the design will take advantage of the northerly aspect.”

Janssen said that he is thrilled the MRHG has been the awarded the tender to build and operate a café on the Dunsborough Foreshore site.

The site has an existing car park and toilet block that will be integrated into the new development.

Janssen said that the café would be open for breakfast, lunch and small private functions.

MRHG Partner and Executive Chef responsible for all MRHG venue kitchens as of July 1, Tony Howell, said the food would be fast, fresh, and high quality.

“It’s a beachside café that will serve fresh great quality casual food using the best local produce and we’ll buy organic wherever possible, fantastic coffee and healthy alternatives for people enjoying the foreshore or on the go,” Howell said.

City of Busselton Mayor Ian Stubbs said that Council had reviewed all the submissions received and considered the proposal from MRHG to be most suited to the Dunsborough Foreshore.

“This location is particularly precious from both a social and environmental perspective. Council felt that the proposal put forward by the Margaret River Hospitality Group best meets community expectations. I want to thank all proponents who registered their interest in the site as well as community members and representatives from local groups for their input into the process.  Council feels very confident that the end result will provide a great facility for both locals and visitors to this popular foreshore area.”

Construction will take approximately 12 months after completion of site surveys and compliance in conjunction with the City of Busselton.

The MRHG owns and operates the White Elephant Beach Café and Morries Anytime. Partners are Margaret River entrepreneur and business owner Anthony Janssen, hospitality expert Alex Brooks and award-winning chef Tony Howell.


29 April 2015

Media Contact:  Dianne Bortoletto, Pronto PR,, 0439 997 075

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