Popular bar an­chored to stay

Whitsunday Times - - ADVERTISING FEATURE -

FOR Josh Knut­son and Leah McMillan, the idea to take-over and trans­form a bar in Air­lie Beach turned out to be the start of a great plan.

Lo­cated at the Whit­sun­day Ter­races on Golden Or­chid Drive, the cou­ple changed the for­mer bar into a nau­ti­calthemed haven of­ten opted by lo­cals look­ing for a fam­i­lyfriendly venue or want­ing the ul­ti­mate Sun­day ses­sion ex­pe­ri­ence.

“We’ve worked hard to get here but in a way it was meant to be,” Ms McMillan said.

Bol­ster­ing the mar­itime theme, even re­nam­ing the bar was a breeze.

“We had to take ad­van­tage of the lo­ca­tion’s un­ob­structed views of Whit­sun­day wa­ters so it was al­ways go­ing to be sea themed,” Mr Knut­son said.

“The rest was his­tory - we went from strength to strength,” Ms McMillan said.

Ev­ery­thing then fell into the place for the cou­ple.

They em­ployed a stel­lar team, in­tro­duced a deca­dent ever-grow­ing menu and have been ac­tive mem­bers in the com­mu­nity - play­ing host to many events and fundrais­ers.

In the past year, the An­chor Bar has be­come a hotspot for lo­cals and tourists seek­ing a chilled out at­mos­phere that makes you feel as if you are al­most out at sea.

The bar’s in­fin­ity pool matches end­less views of blues which com­pli­ments the bar’s re­laxed vibe.

With one year un­der their belt, the cou­ple is al­ready look­ing to­wards the fu­ture with the in­tro­duc­tion of more dining op­tions.

They have re­fur­bished the in­side of the bar into a beach house with smick black ta­bles and chairs, freshly painted walls and vin­tage paint­ings.

“Now guests have the op­tion of dining in­side if they are af­ter a more pri­vate and quiet set­ting,” Mr Knut­son said.

AN­CHORED: Josh Knut­son, Leah McMillan, Mel Nor­ton, Abbey Rowan and Keaton Ad­di­son look to the next stage of An­chor Bar.

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