Fremantle 20 Years – Restaurant Owner
Henry has been on the Freo scene since 1996, as the owner and director of Cicerello’s Fremantle, Cha Cha Bull and the recently opened Bathers Beach. Henry is also an elected member of The Fremantle Business Improvement District doing his bit for the continual growth and development of our iconic port town. Below we reveal Henry’s Top 5 favourite places to hang out in Freo, straight from the horses mouth.
The pasta at La Sosta is excellent, I go for the squid ink pasta with either crab of seafood. I like the boys down there too, we’re always having a good laugh and a few drinks; it’s a great local meeting point.
Maya Indian Restaurant
I’ve known Gurps and Pinda for years. They’re always good value and we have a good time and a bit of a chat. The food of course is spot on and always at a really high standard with good quality ingredients, I usually go for the buttered chicken and the beef cheek curry.
Strange Company make a great Campari and Orange! The bartenders are skilled and have a friendly old-fashioned style of service, in the sense that there’s a good repartee between customer and bartender. The ambience is great and the décor is fresh and utilitarian –all in all Strange Company is a wonderful and much needed addition to Fremantle.
Gesha Coffee Co
Carlo and Dan make a very good coffee and their staff are also great. The coffee is freshly roasted on site and you can see it being made while you wait for your coffee. I like the friendly vibe and the nice open industrial space. There’s a table there usually taken up by a group of our mates with businesses in Fremantle. We all go for our morning coffee and to catch up on what’s happening.
The Fremantle Street Arts Festival
Once known as The Buskers Festival, it was later renamed The Fremantle Street Arts Festival, which I was an inaugural sponsor for, when it first started in 1998. It creates a good vibe and brings a lot of people down to Fremantle. There are a few different stages, one at the Sail and Anchor, various street stages and one out the front of Cicerello’s that usually draws a crowd of about 300 or 400 people.