Is there a curse on Beissel Street Belconnen?

Flipper 24 January 2011 3

Browsing through old posts I noticed a query about great places to eat in West Belconnen. I would have suggested Embers in Beissel Street, Belconnen, but no sooner did I fall in love with it than it died!!

Quelle horreur!!

It was in a spot that has had a very high turnover in restaurants and cafes. Maybe being next to Black Pepper is too much competition, but I think there could be some simpatico.

That’s what I would have thought about Embers, which offered a sophisticated dining option with, although maybe a bit limited, a very good wine selection. It did a great breakfast on the weekend and also fantastic coffee during the week. It had a nice cosy lounge arrangement in front of a gas fire to entice us in on cold autumn and winter days.

Plus, I saw so many interesting people there who I would have loved to get to know better. The kind of place where you could even go and talk “Big Ideas” (aka a bit of philosophy and politics) with people who wouldn’t look at you as if you were a bit odd.

Sigh!! All gone now. I don’t know why and I just wish someone else could go in there and stay. Even my associates in Darwin, having dined there a couple of times, are very very disappointed.

So, is there a curse on that spot? Does anyone know? Clearly the exorcism on Mt Ainslie didn’t cleanse it, if it does exist….

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3 Responses to Is there a curse on Beissel Street Belconnen?
ajm07 ajm07 2:15 pm 21 May 13

Another one bites the dust!

Just today I see that “Pho Viet” will be under new management. Not sure if it will reopen with the same name or a different one.

So the run so far has been (With my best guess of dates).
– Musica e (Apr 2005 – Apr 2006)
– Sogni D’oro (Aug 2008)
– Charlies (2009)
– Embers (Sept 2010 – Oct 2011)
– Pho Viet (2011 – May 2013)

The first four proved that a woodfire pizza restaurant was not the right choice. I’m not sure what can succeed at that location. Fish and Chips? Coffee?

Flipper Flipper 6:24 pm 25 Jan 11

Maybe Belconnen just isn’t ready for a “Big Ideas” place

Please please please don’t say that!! Boy will my southside mates bag me out for that if they think we’re not mature enough here in Belco for Big Ideas thingies.

mp2615 mp2615 8:22 am 25 Jan 11

Beats me. I’ve always thought BP was pretty ordinary. And yes it would be better to have several cafes together. It’s such a nice location opposite the lake and all. Maybe Belconnen just isn’t ready for a “Big Ideas” place. Perhaps a “Front” style joint would do more business.

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