Manly’s notorious Shore Club is set to reopen as a new restaurant and rooftop bar.
Handing the power back to the locals, renowned restaurateur Greg Anderson (former Aria chef) has begun his multi-million-dollar redevelopment of the infamous Shore Club in Manly.
The beachfront venue was closed four years ago after a history marred by police run-ins and violence. This included an incident in 2011, where the Public Order Riot Squad responded to a break in which 20 men violently attacked The Shore Club staff.
Contrasting the glistening Manly Beach, the venue has represented somewhat of a ghost town since its closure. However, Anderson and his wife Patricia Nunes have grand plans to bring the venue back to life with a family friendly atmosphere. Anderson has built a reputation as one of Sydney’s most celebrated foodies as Head Chef at Aria and owner of Sails in Lavender Bay.
Anderson and Nunes took possession of the brazen Shore Club site eight months ago. After a lengthy battle with council authorities, construction is now underway on the three level building.
With capacity of 400 people, the new Manly venue is hoping to become a relaxing beachfront hangout for all. The restaurant on the second floor will include a wood-fired pizza oven and a casual charcoal grill. Although the new venue will be a family affair, a rooftop cocktail bar will ensure you make the most of the Manly sea view.
In their discussions with the council Anderson and Nunes agreed to a couple of changes to guarantee the dodgy days of the Shore Club are not revisited. This includes revoking the venues 2am license, meaning the new eatery and bar will close at midnight every night.
The design brains behind the likes of The Four Season’s restaurant and bar and Nola Smokehouse and Bar in Barangaroo, Luchetti Krelle, will bring the married couples’ visions of a welcoming aesthetic to life.
It is hoped that the to-be-named venue will be ready to open in May 2018.