Waxing Lyrical

THE opening of Lyric Lane in Maylands has been delayed again, after two subcontractors went bust.

Musicians Rob Snarski and Shane O’Mara were advertised to play at the bar/music venue on June 21, and the Little Lord Street Band on June 29, but those gigs were moved to The Bassendean Hotel.

The ambitious venue, built on the site of the old Speedlite bike shop on Guildford Road, will have a bar, cafe/bistro and basement venue for gigs.

But after five years of development hell, Lyric Lane co-owner Michiel de Ruyter says they are now planning a soft opening of just the bar and cafe/bistro in the “very near future”.

“Given that we have set opening dates previously and missed them we have decided not to set any anticipated dates until we have the required sign-offs,” he told the Voice.

“The main problem has been subcontractor issues. It is a complex build and then the added challenge of two main subbies going into liquidation at the wrong time.

“We have decided to open the bar and café/bistro and hold off a bit with the underground for now as we need a few more boxes ticked for that.

“At this time we have applied for clearances and certification for occupancy so we anticipate a soft opening in the very near future. Basically the venue is fully fitted-out and ready to roll. We just need the boxes ticked.”

When the de Ruyter family first floated the music bar in 2014, they hoped to open two years later, but planning travails and construction issues have waylaid their plans.

Despite the setbacks, locals have inundated Facebook with praise for their commitment to opening a music venue.

“In time to come, these delays will be insignificant and seemingly forgotten about. Keep building the dream and very soon you will get to share it with all with us. It will be yet another pearler of an addition to this eclectic, pure and funky place that is Maylands,” posted Shaun Kaesler.

by STEPHEN POLLOCK

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