Things don’t always go to plan in hospitality, even for seasoned operators. Despite the initial excitement when chef Scott Bridger and former Olympic swimmer Eamon Sullivan opened a branch of May Street Larder in Mount Hawthorn last year, the site never drew the crowds that would flock to the original Fremantle location. The cafe closed in January and has undergone a huge transformation, splitting into two new venues: coffee and sandwich bar Sammy’s (more on that next week) and Middle Eastern eatery Pogo.

“People loved [May Street Larder], but it wasn’t the right fit for us to move forward sustainably,” Bridger tells Broadsheet. “May Street Larder in Fremantle is a lot busier than we were here, and this restaurant has a big footprint. Sometimes you’ve got to learn from your mistakes, and you have to make mistakes to learn.”

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