New sports bars to liven up town

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Burley footballs. An old (possibly late 60's) Burley ball and brand new ball.
Camera IconBurley footballs. An old (possibly late 60's) Burley ball and brand new ball. Credit: Daniel Wilkins

The hospitality scene in Karratha is set to drastically transform over the next year as the city prepares to go from having no sports bars to three by the end of next year.

Last month Blanche Bar Group submitted the licence for its newest venture, Grand Central, which will open at the new Tambrey Village Shopping Centre by next November, while Onyx on Sharpe owner Sean Throssel is preparing to open Stadium 26 within the next two weeks and the Tav in Pegs Creek is continuing with renovations to convert its space.

Blanche Bar owner Bart Parsons said sports bars were huge in Australia at the moment.

“There is nothing themed outside of Perth,” he said.

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“You’ve got breweries and wineries in the regions, but they’re not themed. They’re just types of venues. A few people in the area are trying to touch on the sports bar, but we’re doing it in a quality way and we’re really trying to bring something new to the area.”

Grand Central will feature more than 30 75-inch TVs, up to 20 taps with both beers and cocktails, and an American-style menu including burgers, hot wings, ribs, slow-cooked meats, loaded fries and anything else which goes well with a beer. Mr Parsons said while the venue would be family-friendly, it would not feature any direct children’s entertainment.

“What we mean by family-friendly is that we’re trying to cut out antisocial behaviour,” he said.

“We wanted to make a pub we want to drink at.

“We want to sit back, have a beer, order some food with a buzzer system, and just relax.”

Mr Throssel said Stadium 26 would not technically be a sports bar, but a restaurant and a live sports venue.

“The centre of town was really lacking something like that and it’s a great opportunity for us with the new Hilton hotel opening up across the road,” he said.

Stadium 26 is set to open, by December 14, with stage two of the project, an outdoor alfres-co area, to open by early Febru-ary.

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