The General Sherman tree takes root in Murdoch

Lisa Chan, Leanne Milligan and Charlie Chan at the General Sherman on the St John of God Murdoch Hospital campus.

Lisa Chan, Leanne Milligan and Charlie Chan at the General Sherman on the St John of God Murdoch Hospital campus.

The General Sherman, a new restaurant on the St John of God Murdoch Hospital campus, is now open for staff, patients and visitors to enjoy.

Manager of the new eating establishment, Lisa Chan, says the name was inspired by the General Sherman tree, the largest single stem tree in the world.

“The General Sherman tree signifies deep roots, a strong foundation and a large presence…all traits we would like at The General Sherman eatery,” Ms Chan says.

“A tree is also a gathering place for people to meet and connect… we want to create a place where people feel happy.”

The restaurant’s menu is modern Australian with an Asian flavour. Produce will be locally sourced, organic, free range and free trade, where possible. The restaurant will have a warm, rustic feel with an outdoor area planned.

The General Sherman also plans to help those in need.

“Our head cook, EJ Eu, dedicates her Saturday nights to cooking for the homeless and we will open up our kitchen to those who wish to volunteer to cook and deliver food to locations around Perth,” Ms Chan says.

“Customers will be able to buy a coffee in advance for someone in need and a jar of bottle caps on the front counter will accumulate to represent ‘spare coffees’.”

Hospital Director Strategy, Planning and Service Development Leanne Milligan says the ethos behind the new restaurant fits in well with the Mission and values of St John of God Murdoch Hospital.

“At our hospital and through our social outreach programs, we help and treat those who are sick and vulnerable,” Ms Milligan says.

“It is great to have an organisation on site that also offers a helping hand to those who need it.”

“It will be a fantastic addition to the area; giving patients and visitors, staff and medical professionals from both St John of God Murdoch Hospital and Fiona Stanley Hospital another venue to meet.”

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