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The Problem With Embargo's New Location At Perth's Ku De Ta

The now-defunct Ku De Ta is the new home of one of Perth’s fave summer pop-up bars, Embargo.

The lease was signed just days ago.

It’s the first sliver of decent news for the failed Balinese-inspired restaurant space in East Perth which, just months after opening, has faced some serious problems, including failing to pay staff.

It was reported that the original plan for the restaurant was to continue trading until a buyer could be found, but when it was revealed that staff might not be paid, 25 kitchen staff walked.

It wasn’t long before the business went into administration.

Embargo co-owner’s Ben Maher and Jesse Wilson are pretty pumped about the lease.

“Embargo has always been riverside, we’ve been at South Perth foreshore, Victoria Park foreshore and Elizabeth Quay and now we are actually over the river at the On the Point complex,” Mr Wilson said.

Thing is, not to diminish the wage issue, but one of Ku De Ta’s biggest problems for patrons was parking – and there doesn’t seem to be any word on how it would be tackled.

“From what I remember there,” Lise said on Tuesday, “I think it was something like $8 – an hour.”

“And you had to go and constantly refill the meter and put the ticket on your car, it was ridiculous.”

At the time, not only was parking pricey, it was scarce – for example, there are just 264 bays at the site, compared to almost 1500 at the Convention Centre (which well-serviced their previous Elizabeth Quay location). The nearest alternative carpark, on Plain Street, is more than a kilometre away. Weekend timetables show only one bus arrival every hour… so unless services are given a rethink, public transport to the venue will be average at best - clearly getting dropped off, either by taxi, Uber or ya mum, is going to be the way to go here.

Embargo on The Point will be open to the public Mid-November with a beer garden, licenced jetty and a children’s play area.

Pop-up food vendors including Josh Catalano’s Fish Boss, Pizza Lounge, Varsity Burgers and other food operators will be part of Embargo’s space.

96FM has contacted Embargo On The Point for comment

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