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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : April 29th 2009
6 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, April 30, 2009 MB NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Restaurant's ready to fire up SHIREEN KHALIL Jack Hamman (centre) at Le Sarab in Concord, which reopens this Friday. The restaurant was damaged by fire in March (inset). Main picture: PHIL BLATCH ~P0638219 CONCORD'S Le Sarab restaurant, which was damaged when the takeaway chicken shop next door went up in flames, is back in business. Early last month residents living beside the Ogaleto Portuguese Charcoal Chicken shop on Majors Bay Rd reported a blaze to the police and the NSW Fire Brigades. Police are still investigating the cause of the fire. Five residents had to evacuate including Le Sarab's restaurant manager, Jack Hammam, who lives in an apartment above the restaurant. Mr Hammam, who also manages the cake shop next door, said both businesses were extensively damaged and cost him more than $200,000 to repair. ''We just want the shop (Le Sarab) to come back to the way it was -- the shop front was all burned and we had to change it all,'' Mr Hammam said. ''The awning itself took about five weeks to put up because we had to wait until the chicken shop was inspected.'' But the day Mr Hammam has been waiting for has finally arrived. This Friday night, the restaurant will officially reopen to the public and Mr Hammam is expecting a lot of people. ''We had to turn down heaps of functions such as engagement parties and birthdays,'' he said. ''I can't wait 'til it opens because a lot of families depend on us whichworkforus. . .Ilostsome of my best workers who had to find jobs, who had been working for us for a while.'' Mr Hammam said people had enquired about functions and dinner bookings. Councillors failing to meter anger FIONA BRADY I suspect within two months, we'll see the meters on the streets of Ashfield' ' -- Cr Morris Mansour COMMUNITY anger is continuing to sizzle over the prospect of parking meters in Ashfield. The issue has been generating such controversy that a com- munity enforcement officer was present when it was discussed at last week's meeting of Ashfield Council's Budget and Operation Review Committee. At the meeting, nine of the 11 councillors in attendance voted for more detailed reports on paid parking in the municipality. Only Mayor Ted Cassidy and deputy mayor Morris Mansour voted against the motion. Speaking after the meeting, Cr Mansour accused his fellow coun- cillors of ''gouging'' local businesses and said he believed parking meters in Ashfield was a fait accompli. ''I suspect within six weeks or two months, we'll see the meters on the streets of Ashfield,'' he said. ''There are other ways of solving Ashfield's cash shortage.'' But Labor councillor Mark Drury said his party was not interested in paid parking or park- ing meters as a revenue raiser. In a letter published in today's Inner-West Weekly, Cr Drury and the three fellow Labor councillors call for ''new options and ideas'' about parking in Ashfield. ''Some parking spots are monop- olised for long periods and this is not good for local businesses, which need turnover and access for customers,'' the letter says. But many business owners are vehemently opposed to meters. Haberfield shop owner Connie Scarcella said she would consider closing her shop if parking meters were installed in Haberfield. ''It's quite cancerous because of the after-effects,'' she said. Ms Scarcella said people would end up paying $8 for a cup of coffee instead of $4. Protesters will hold a meeting at Haberfield library on Monday, May 4, at 6.45pm. 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