A new tenant has been identified for the Fremantle Arts Centre café following a public EOI process.

Gavin and Penny Wilcock are the owners of G.A.P.’s Kitchen, a successful catering business operating for the past five years. The couple have been looking for the right opportunity to live and work in WA and believe they’ve found it in Fremantle.

“It’s humbling to have our achievements recognised and valued. We started our business from nothing, making jams and chutneys and have built it into a thriving company,” Gavin said. Prior to starting his own business delivering high-quality food and kitchen management, Gavin was an executive chef with the InterContinental Hotel Group for 18 years.

Council approved the applicant’s request for a ten-year lease. Following Council’s approval of the essential terms, the City will now develop and finalise a lease for consideration by the tenant. Gavin, who was an executive chef at The Esplanade Hotel for two years, said he looks forward to returning to Fremantle and serving the loyal and varied customers of each venue. “We want to build trust in the community and get a feeling for what they want to eat in these places,” Gavin said.

The City will undertake small works to ensure the FAC café kitchen is compliant and ready for the new operator to move in.