Buzz about on-road cafes

• Nick Bond from Foam, De Williams from Atlas Devine and Alannah MacTiernan enjoying a break in the rain. Photo by Jeremy Dixon

• Nick Bond from Foam, De Williams from Atlas Devine and Alannah MacTiernan enjoying a break in the rain. Photo by Jeremy Dixon

01. 788NEWS 2Vincent city council has set aside $30,000 for on-road cafes after a successful trial.

Councillor Dudley Maier nicked the idea from San Francisco and it’s been so successful outside Foam Coffee Bar on Oxford Street that neighbouring councils have been asking for tips.

“It’s absolutely lovely… I have a wide demographic of people telling me they like to go there,” mayor Alannah MacTiernan says.

Council candidate Stuart Lofthouse owns a cafe across the road and says more needs to be done to let people know it’s not Foam’s exclusive domain.

Ms MacTiernan says you often see people sitting down to unwrap a Subway: “Whilst it is outside one business, there’s no doubt that other people are using it.

“There are going to be people opposed to it because it’s losing parking bays, but it is a trade-off.”

by DAVID BELL

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