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Reunion Dinner at the historic Romany Restaurant

Posted by ken On November - 28 - 2009

On Friday November 27th 2009, Keith Bales of the TVW Reunion planning committee organised an enjoyable post reunion dinner at the Romany Restaurant, on the corner of Lake and Aberdeen Streets in Northbridge.

Not only was it a celebratory dinner for the planning committee, entertainers, sponsors and wives, but also a number of past CEO’s, Managing Directors and General Managers of TVW, who have contributed or taken a keen interest in our WA TV History web project.

Those who attended were…

  • Sir James Cruthers’ biographer Mark Balnaves of Curtin University
  • Max and Betty Bostock
  • Bill and Judi McKenzie
  • Kevin and Joy Campbell
  • Jill and Jeff Glass
  • Keith, Ruby Bales and Glenys Nelson
  • Keith and Ann Mackenzie
  • Coralie Condon and Audrey Long
  • Gary Carvolth and Alyesha Anderson
  • John and Marisha Young
  • Gordon McColl
  • Ken and Sue McKay
  • Justin and Katherine Freind (Opera Singers)
  • Sharon and Grant Young (Stargate Actors Academy)
  • Anthony and Holly Yurisich (Olive Farm Wines)
  • Roland Ott (Nightcruiser Party Buses)
  • Russell Brown (Reunion Video producer Mintox Media)
  • Naureen Taylor (Reunion Photographer)

The gathering was kindly entertained by Justin and Katherine Friend, who were also valued guests on the evening. This soon came to the attention of the restaurant patrons, who too wished to enjoy their repertoire of classical and contemporary songs.

Katherine and Justin Freind

Joy Campbell, Audrey Long, Max Bostock, Naureen Taylor (standing) and Judi McKenzie

Max Bostock, Naureen Taylor (standing), Judi McKenzie, Keith Bales and Bill McKenzie

Keith Mackenzie, Glenys Nelson, Roland Otts and Russell Brown

(seated) Jeff Glass, Gordon McColl, John Young and Alyesha Anderson

John Young, Alyesha Anderson and Gary Carvolth

Ann and Keith Mackenzie with Keith Bales

Grant and Sharon Young with Kevin Campbell

Joy Campbell, Audrey Long and Judi McKenzie

Max Bostock, John Young, Betty Bostock and Coralie Condon

Max and Betty Bostock, Bill McKenzie and Coralie Condon

Naureen Taylor, Jeff and Jill Glass, Gordon McColl and Marisha Young

Glenys Nelson, Ruby Bales, Roland Otts, Russell Brown with Justin and Katherine Freind

Mark Balnaves with Anthony and Holly Yurisich

The venue for the dinner is steeped in history as one of Northbridge’s longest standing businesses. The ‘Romany’ operated out of 188 William Street for over sixty years. The four-brother Lenzarini family team owned the Romany for thirty years and it was in this period that it established its great reputation for excellent food and a warm, inviting atmosphere. It expanded from one room to four rooms under their ownership due to its great popularity and success. More than a decade ago, current owner Enzo Develter bought the restaurant. In 2006, the Romany relocated from its original location to a new venue at 105 Aberdeen street, taking the place of previous ‘Mamma Maria’s’ restaurant on the site of the former Re Store.

This historic information is courtesy of the Northbridge History Project, which is working with government, communities and individuals to collect the districts heritage in the form of oral histories, photographs, documents, film and other sources for public display on the world wide web at:



2 Responses to “Reunion Dinner at the historic Romany Restaurant”

  1. Margaret McQuillan says:

    Hi Roland & all concerned,
    Great photos love your back view.
    Must have bought back memories for you .Did Enzo Develter own a restaurant in West Perth ?
    I hope the Restaurant is open late as when we were last in Perth 3 years ago we found it hard to get a meal late at night. Visitors coming from Melbourne always notice this when on holiday & staying in the city & finish up going back to their hotel for a meal.

  2. Sharon Young says:

    Hi All

    Great photos :-) Thank you so much Keith for such a lovely evening. Grant and I enjoyed ourselves so much. It was wonderful seeing you all again. Absolutely lovely venue.

    Sharon Young
    Stargate Actors Academy

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