Lux­ury din­ing,

Whitsunday Times - - LIFE -

IT’S based around one of the most ac­claimed au­thors of the 20th cen­tury and now Hem­ing­way’s is open for busi­ness – and, if things go to plan, they might just re­ceive sim­i­lar ac­claim in the Whit­sun­day food scene.

“Qual­ity” is how restau­rant man­ager Ge­orgina Mad­den de­scribed the new Abell Point Ma­rina din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

From the lo­ca­tion to the food to the decor to the staff, ev­ery pos­si­ble step has been taken to en­sure Hem­ing­way’s be­comes one of the premier restau­rants in town.

“It’s go­ing to be a re­ally lux­u­ri­ous din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence with a cos­mopoli­tan feel,” Ms Mad­den said.

“We’ve got an amaz­ing team and we’ll be aim­ing to pro­vide that high end classy feel but at the same time it won’t be in­tim­i­dat­ing.

“We want to to cre­ate a re­lax­ing at­mos­phere that is ac­ces­si­ble for both lo­cals and trav­ellers alike.”

With the idea orig­i­nat­ing from Abell Point Ma­rina owner Paul Dar­rouzet, Ms Mad­den stepped in to man­age the restau­rant, draw­ing on her vast ex­pe­ri­ence with venues around the re­gion.

Hem­ing­way’s will of­fer mod­ern cui­sine in a re­laxed wa­ter­front set­ting. Af­ter a full ren­o­va­tion, in­clud­ing as­sem­bling an in­cred­i­ble team of ex­pe­ri­enced hos­pi­tal­ity staff, the bar and restau­rant of­fi­cially opened to a fully booked open­ing night on Fri­day.

Hem­ing­way’s of­fers an a la carte lunch and din­ner menu along with a bar and ap­pe­tiz­ers for those want­ing to en­joy the sun­set in style.

Abell Point mar­ket­ing man­ager Josce­lyn O’Keefe said it was the per­fect way to com­ple­ment the ma­rina.

“This is where we are headed with the ma­rina and with our re­cently ac­cred­ited five gold an­chors, this fur­thers our vi­sion for the next five years,” she said.

“It en­ables us to of­fer some­thing dif­fer­ent to Sor­rento’s and Bo­hemian Raw Cafe.

“It gives seam­less din­ing op­tions within the ma­rina it­self. It’s a place where peo­ple can come and choose from one of three great places.”

Ms Mad­den said it was re­ally heart­en­ing to be able to of­fer Whit­sun­day lo­cals some­thing new and that Hem­ing­way’s was some­thing

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

DECOR: Ernest Hem­ing­way was the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind the new restau­rant at Abell Point Ma­rina.

PHO­TOS: BROOKE MILES PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

A Hem­ing­way’s dish.

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