Recent comments on applications from Kingston City Council, VIC

  1. In Mentone VIC on “To Amend The Ground Floor...” at 114 Nepean Highway, Mentone, VIC:

    Juni Bence commented

    Put simply I love Bar One Fourteen, I am a resident of Kingston and look forward to coming along every weekend to see the bands.

    Julie, Lou, Daniel & the bar staff are to be commended on the running of their business. The improvements are enormous compared to the previous owners and deserve to have the license application approved.

    Please don't disappoint all the patrons.

    Juni Bence

  2. In Mentone VIC on “To Amend The Ground Floor...” at 114 Nepean Highway, Mentone, VIC:

    Lynn and David Peters commented

    Recently we attended OneFourteen in Mentone. I have a disability and use a wheel chair which can make it very difficult at some venues. We went to watch live music performed by Mae Parker and The King Beats as we've followed them for sometime now. We knew nothing about the venue prior to attending. We decided to go as a group of four and arranged to have dinner on the ground floor. We'd made several phone calls about access to the building, whether they would accommodate my special needs, the dress code and had found ALL staff that we spoke to extremely friendly and helpful. As we were coming from Yarragon we needed to be sure about entry and suitabilty as it's such a long way ( an hour and a half to two hours drive ). We looked up online the menu and looked at the positive remarks. The four of us were made very welcome and enjoyed delicious meals at a very reasonable price with larger servings than we'd expected, which was a bonus.
    The service from all staff was of a very high standard. The venue was spotless and very inviting. The crowd that attended were extremely well mannered and behaved. There was no-one out on the street and certainly a low level of noise when people left the venue. We noticed that the venue was frequented by a vast age group and that everyone was there to have a good time. The dance floor was packed all night with people mingling and dancing the night away.
    We believe it would be of great advantage to allow the well behaved patrons to have a drink in the outside area. This would also be a great place for people to eat as well and open up the area to make it more accessable to people who have difficulty with stairs for dining.
    The security staff were very polite and made their presence felt in a quiet mannered way, which helps make people feel secure and safe.
    We have no hesitation in recommending that this venue gets their permit approved. They certainly deserve it as the management work hard to provide a great venue for people to attend and have a good time. Great food. Great service. Great entertainment. Great, clean and bright venue. They're on the right track and deserve a fair go.
    Thank you.

  3. In Mentone VIC on “To Amend The Ground Floor...” at 114 Nepean Highway, Mentone, VIC:

    Chris Steele commented

    Oh dear. An obvious case of astroturfing (If you're not sure: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astroturfing) going on here. Kingston Council isn't stupid.

    Frankly I don't care either way - approve it please, but the comments are CLEARLY seeded by the management of the bar. Pathetic really.

  4. In Mentone VIC on “To Amend The Ground Floor...” at 114 Nepean Highway, Mentone, VIC:

    Concerned commented

    I personally do not attend this venue any more having witnessed an act if violence by a bar staff to a patron. The response I received from management was that he supported the violence. It is my understanding that the staff member is still employed there.

  5. In Mentone VIC on “To Amend The Ground Floor...” at 114 Nepean Highway, Mentone, VIC:

    Aly Jakz commented

    We travel across town from the western suburbs on a regular basis to this venue.
    Why ? because there is very little in the way of live music venues on my side of town, however there are plenty of Pokie venues !
    114 is a great venue, professionally run, with a great selection of live music.
    Friendly professional staff, lovely good value meals, where you can socialise with friends and feel safe and comfortable.

  6. In Mentone VIC on “To Amend The Ground Floor...” at 114 Nepean Highway, Mentone, VIC:

    Soozie Pinder commented

    This venue is a credit to the owners. Extensive renovations have created a stylish venue for mature adults to enjoy a night out wine and dine in safety, and enjoy some local live music. We need many more venues such as this where we can enjoy a night out.I hope the City of Kingston are wise enough to value this vital contribution to the local economy. I travel from the Eastern suburbs to frequent this venue; a rare place a woman can go on her own and know she will be safe.

  7. In Mentone VIC on “To Amend The Ground Floor...” at 114 Nepean Highway, Mentone, VIC:

    Steve Morris commented

    As a residence of Gnotuk Avenue I am very familiar with childish behaviour and excessive noise and after hours hooning that the city of Kingston has to try and control, One Fourteen is a different story this NOW this would have to be one of the most professionally run and operated by the book venues I have seen in action. The outside red lined area provides a space were mature minded adults can sit down have a meal, then later in the evening sit back and relax with friends while having a drink and a smoke at the same like isn't this the Australian way . In a world that has gone mental with rules and regulations thr must be some things left and this is one I believe must never change... As your aware our beautiful bay after hours isn't really all that safe now and like we need outlets in our are to be able to unwind

  8. In Mentone VIC on “To Amend The Ground Floor...” at 114 Nepean Highway, Mentone, VIC:

    Kristen Davies commented

    I wish to add my support for the owners, management and venue that is OneFourteen regarding their Planning application for an extended area in which to serve alcohol.

    I was introduced to this venue by my Bayside dwelling friends and via Southern FM radio promotions. I live in the Northern suburbs of Melbourne and actually travel across town to visit this quality venue. It is professionally run, caters for the more mature age patron and as a woman I feel comfortable and safe visiting this venue. The management and security staff attempt to minimise the noise impact on the surrounding residential area by quickly dispersing patrons homeward once the venue has closed of an evening.

    As many of Melbourne's live music venues are under threat from both increased population density through property development and the installation of the dreaded pokie machine, I was thrilled to find this venue that supports the local music industry.

    I hope the City of Kingston will recognise OneFourteen's economic and cultural contribution to the Mentone area by approving the Planning application.

  9. In Mentone VIC on “To Amend The Ground Floor...” at 114 Nepean Highway, Mentone, VIC:

    Michele O'hanlon commented

    I am a regular patron of 114 and as a single woman,enjoy the atmosphere, the security and the professionalism this venue has to offer.

    Since it's conversion with the new owners, it has become a safe haven for us mature, music loving folk who enjoy to catch up with friends, share some chat and a dance or three!
    There has never been any violence since I've been going, and i am particularly secure in the knowledge that as I vacate the premises that the staff and security have my best interests at heart,offering often to escort me to my car if I am on my own. I now reside in Seaford and am happy to travel to Mentone weekly to see live music.

    I also like the decor and the fact that there is a designated area for those who wish to smoke outside and also that the venue has been overly courteous to the neighbors in ensuring tight closing times to eliminate noise. It is clean, vibrant the food is fantastic.

    I have made some great friends by going here and would hate to see any change to its format. It has supported local musicians, staff and patrons alike, and definately adds value to the Kingston area when it is open.

    Please consider all these facts when making decisions about a venue like 114, and not listen to a disgruntled minority who have a grudge to bear.
    If you are not sure, why not visit for yourself as I'm sure you too will experience the magic that is 114.

  10. In Mentone VIC on “To Amend The Ground Floor...” at 114 Nepean Highway, Mentone, VIC:

    Ann and James Rodis commented

    My husband and I are middle aged residents in the City of Kingston. We work hard and so look forward to social outings where we can relax and have fun. Sadly, there are not many venues where we feel comfortable and safe. We discovered 114 about a year ago and we are now regular patrons. 114 provides that atmosphere where we can simply relax and have good clean fun with other people of our age and maturity. 114 provides an entire package. If we choose we can enjoy a fabulous meal, a variety of music and dancing applicable to our age group, a few drinks and conversation with friends. I have many single friends (many female) that go there too because they feel safe. Even as a couple, it is important for us to feel safe. 114 is a very friendly, peaceful environment as everyone is there for the same reason. The age group of the patrons tends to attract people of maturity and respect.
    I believe 114 is a huge assett to the City of Kingston and its rate payers. I can't think of any negatives. No food or drink is allowed out of the premesis and I have never seen litter inside or out. The owners are quite conscientious about abiding by rules and regulations and respectful of safety, cleanliness and neighbours.
    I have had situations where I have chosen to catch a cab home as well as times when I drive. I have always found parking easy and when I do catch a cab there has never been more than a few minutes so I have never seen many people waiting outside at the end of the night. The staff of 114 play a controlling role in ensuring all patrons leave their venue quietly, safely and efficiently.
    I believe that the hard work and respect shown by the owners of 114 should be supported and embraced for the wonderful service they provide to the residents of the City of Kingston.
    To approve this application would further enhance not only this venue but the facilities available in the City of Kingston.

  11. In Mentone VIC on “To Amend The Ground Floor...” at 114 Nepean Highway, Mentone, VIC:

    John Clapton commented

    I have been going to One Fourteen for over one year now.
    Before i live in whittlesea, over 1 and half a hour away.
    And now i have moved back into the area.
    I go to One Fourteen alot now and enjoy dinner there as well.

    Its a place i feel safe in, and no violence ever at this venue.

    Its a great place and this local community should be proud of
    having a place like One Fourteen.

    I think the owners Lou and family have done a great job
    improving the venue for ratepayer of the council the City of Kingston.
    I am now a member of City of Kingston

  12. In Mentone VIC on “To Amend The Ground Floor...” at 114 Nepean Highway, Mentone, VIC:

    elizabeth trapani commented

    I have moved back to Melbourne after over twenty years living all over Australia and the world. My concerned family informed me that Melbourne night life was far too dangerous for a single woman to be safe. After six months of not going anywhere a friend took me to 114.

    I have become a regular customer since that night. I not only feel safe but enjoy the music and the people who patronise this venue. Lou and his family have created a wonderful nights entertainment that is both enjoyable and relaxing. Unlike many other venues I have had the misfortune to visit 114 holds a very special charm. The restaurant produces wonderfully sublime meals that melt on the pallet and the clientele, the majority middle class working, local homeowners and rate payers come to relax and socialise in a genuinely refreshing environment.

    There has never been an incident of an unsavory nature at anytime that I have been there. At the end of the evening security have arranged more than enough cabs to transport patrons and rarely is there a long wait.

    Never have I seen litter or the like around the venue as it is always kept extremely presentable. In fact the question of litter is a mute point as there is a council bin outside the premises and by licencing regulations nothing of that nature can leave the premises.

    I strongly appeal that this proposal be granted as it would be a blow to your rate payers who frequent the venue to loose it as there is nothing like it in the city of Kingston that I have found that is a safe and enjoyable as Club 114.

  13. In Mentone VIC on “To Amend The Ground Floor...” at 114 Nepean Highway, Mentone, VIC:

    Katrina English commented

    One Fourteen is an awesome venue for the mature aged who go to enjoy great food great people and great bands.

    It's a new clean renovated venue owned and run by Lou, Frank and their families. Security are friendly polite and professional and treat each patron with respect. I have attended this venue every weekend since opening 18 months ago and It is free of trouble and violence.

    As a single female along with other single female friends it's a safe place for women.

    No food or drink can be taken outside the venue therefore no loitering of the street and immediately the night concludes security arrange cabs for all patrons so the area is cleared in a quiet and speedy manner.

    It is one of very few venues in the area serving the local community well. One fourteen has a great reputation giving Mentone and the city of Kingston something they should be proud of.

    We hope consideration to extend the red line area would be a high priority to please all patrons who enjoy a drink chat and meal in the outdoors. One Fourteen is a safe and friendly venue

  14. In Mentone VIC on “To Amend The Ground Floor...” at 114 Nepean Highway, Mentone, VIC:

    Suzie and Brian Llewellyn commented

    This is such an iconic venue and such a bonus for the City of Kingston. There is really nothing like it in the South-Eastern suburbs of Melbourne, where mature middle aged people can enjoy each others company and listen to live bands, have a dance, dinner and a quiet drink. It is definitely the best meeting place in the area.

    My husband and I meet at these premises 14 years ago and we have meet a lot of lovely people there and always enjoy catching up with friend there.

    It is a modern, funky and quirky place for singles and couples to meet. Such an improvement from the Armadillo days or Nighthawk days. No more dark dingy hallways and rooms. It is very very classy now. Everyone just loves it. There has never been any violence or trouble there. Everyone is very courteous and respectful of each other.

    The premises have taken on such an amazing transformation since Lou and staff took ownership. Owners and staff take such good care of their patrons in such a polite manner. They obviously enjoy their work. It is clean, comfortable and safe.

    Since it's last renovation the vibe of the place has really lifted. The Patrons are friendly, everyone enjoys the live music and it is such a happy place for all to enjoy. The age of patrons range from 30-70. Your able to have a quiet drink, or not if you so desire, and dinner, if you choose to. Mostly, the enjoyment comes from the music, and most people that go there like to have a dance (and join in with the singing from time to time, which is a lot of fun).

    It is very safe. A group of my girlfriends meet there all the time. They would not go there if it were not safe. Parking is not an issue because many of the Patrons don't drive. They are sensible and catch a cab. There is always a staff member outside to assign cabs to patrons. Patrons don't loiter. There are many cabs that stop there. From our experience, people leave the venue quietly. Patrons never leave the premises with food or drink, as it is not permitted. We have never seen that happen.

    We are regular patrons of this establishment and would not hesitate in letting other mature minded people know, how wonderful a place it is to go, and meet people.

    There should be more places like OneFourteen in the South Eastern suburbs.

  15. In Mentone VIC on “To Amend The Ground Floor...” at 114 Nepean Highway, Mentone, VIC:

    Rebecca Carlei commented

    A friend who lives locally to One Fourteen introduced me to this wonderful venue quite some time ago. A friendly atmosphere to catch up with friends and enjoy the talent that our city has to offer. The premises are clean, and the staff and management are professional to assist my needs to ensure I have a fantastic night out with my friends and family.

    Upon reading the letter of concern from another member of the community about the changes about to be made at One Fourteen, I have spoken to management who were nothing but delightful in explaining their plans regarding the planning permit.

    A couple of notes to be mentioned, which management has assured me will not happen:
    1. No individual are allowed to leave the premises with food or drink of any kind, which will ensure no rubbish will be entering the streets from this venue.
    2. No live music will be performed outside to create any extra noise. (There in doors set up stage is fantastic!)

    As a young female, I feel very safe being at this venue, the security and the staff always treat my guests and I with respect and it would be a real shame to lose what One Fourteen has to offer.

  16. In Mentone VIC on “To Amend The Ground Floor...” at 114 Nepean Highway, Mentone, VIC:

    John Wajda commented

    A gold mine for the over 30's in the bayside locale, great food, great music and meeting place, and what my wife and i would call a safe place for single women, which is what we hear from single women as it is a comfortable environ to chat to anyone without fear of challenge or confrontation.

    Management are very professional as well as all staff.

    Security are friendly and courteous without the machismo.

    Very few of these places around, so lucky to have a venue of this calibre without "young drunken louts".

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