Sam Bramham leases Kew restaurant

The ground floor retail space of 309 High Street, Kew.

Paralympian swimmer, sports media commentator, author and businessman, Sam Bramham has rented a property in Melbourne’s ritzy east fit out for a restaurant.

The sportsman, who runs Ivanhoe’s Chei Wen Wine Bar, has signed a seven year lease for the double-storey eastern suburb facility at 309 High Street.

The 250 square metre area is configured with a ground floor dining area, kitchen and bathroom.

Upstairs contains another dining area connected via a staircase.

The top floor also contains a modern and self-contained.

From a separate entrance, it also offers a two-bedroom apartment.

The property previously held a liquor licence for 66 persons.

GrayJohnson’s Rory White and Stephen Buchan negotiated the five year deal.

Mr Brahmam is paying starting annual net rent of $86,000.

“The private owner of the two-storey property has allowed a three month rent-free period for the new occupier to move in and establish their business,” the brokers said.

It also has a tram out the front door.

“It is effectively the gateway trading area to the high value residential areas adjoining of Kew and Balwyn in particular,” the agents said.

“This property has only been vacant for a short time after the previous occupant trading as Manfred Cucina & Bar relocated”.

Mr Bramham received an Order of Australia in 2009.

The sportsman picked up medals: two gold, two silver and a bronze, competing at the 2004 and 2008 Summer Paralympics.

He also appeared on the 11th season of Big Brother in 2014, and the first series of Australian Ninja Warrior three years later.

In March we reported AFL footballer Max Gawn opened a wine bar at Camberwell Junction – within a property for years prior owner-occupied by auction house Young’s.

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Marc Pallisco

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