COUNTLESS sleepless nights and hard work have been the order of the day for a Wattle Grove couple as their dream of opening a restaurant comes to fruition.
Quills Bar and Eatery owners Matt and Linzi Moore said their family-friendly menu would source only fresh ingredients and incorporate local produce and wine from the region.
Linzi said the restaurant’s theme also reflected the history of Wattle Grove and its many poultry farms.
“In the early 1900’s Wattle Grove was primarily used for poultry farming,” she said.
“After WW1, the Archer family settled on a property on Lewis Rd and started farming ducks and chickens.
“We found this information interesting because when we bought our home in Wattle Grove it stated on the title that our lot was within 500m of a poultry farm and the lot may be affected by the continued operation.
“There is definitely no chicken farm near our house but it shows how prominent they were in the area.
“This was our inspiration for the name and how we came to call the restaurant Quills.”
Matt, who has worked as a chef for former Perth restaurant king Warren Mead and the Raffles Hotel, said the business would create 20 local jobs.
He said he hoped the profits would stay in the community.
“We will be making the most of the local produce available by getting involved with local orchards and farmer markets,” he said.
“Orchards like Valley Fresh Produce in Pickering Brook allow you to pick you own seasonal vegetables and fruit and we will be making the most of this local convenience and picking our own produce for specials or seasonal dishes.
“You will be sure to find a homemade Pickering Brook Apple Pie on the menu come apple season.
“We have also listed local wines from wineries such as Fairbrossen Winery and Myattsfield Vineyards in Carmel, Hainault Winery in Bickley and will use family-owned butcher Williams Meats in Forrestfield.
“Hopefully we will be a little area at the end of your street where people can come together to mingle and chat and create a really close knit community.”
WA Small Business Minister Sean L’Estrange joined Forrestfield MLA Nathan Morton to help launch Quills Bar and Eatery at the new Wattle Grove Shopping Centre.
Mr L’Estrange wished the Moore’s every success in their new venture.
“As Small Business Minister, I applaud the entrepreneurship and commitment required to open a new venture,” he said.
“The Wattle Grove Shopping Centre, anchored by Aldi’s first new-build store in metropolitan Perth, is an outstanding facility for the local area and I’m sure Quills Bar and Eatery will add tremendous amenity for local patrons.”
Mr L’Estrange and Mr Morton also took the opportunity to emphasise the State Government’s commitment to assist small business owners since 2008 with reforms in retail trading hours, liquor licensing and projects to map out and remove regulatory barriers for restaurants and retail shops.
Linzi said while reforms had made it easier, opening a small business was still one of the hardest challenges the couple had faced.
“In this economy no bank is lending money to restaurants as they are classed as high risk,” she said.
“We had to fight to get only half the money we needed to start the venture and then fortunately a private investor believed in our vision so much he financed the other half to get us off the ground.
“Once we had the money to back us, things then fell into place but not without sleepless nights and huge stress levels when dealing with building codes and standards, liquor licensing and keeping the budget under control.”
Quills is due to open on September 28.
BY SARAH BROOKES