Pop­u­lar haunt ex­pands with new gar­den bar

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THE re­laxed, so­cia­ble, and renowned friendly vibe of the Whit­sun­days will be em­braced and cel­e­brated on June 2 when Hem­ing­way’s Restau­rant at Abell Point Ma­rina opens its new water­front hotspot, The Gar­den Bar.

To mark the spe­cial oc­ca­sion, the bar will in­tro­duce its muchan­tic­i­pated cock­tail tasters.

Joscelyn O’Keefe, mar­ket­ing and busi­ness de­vel­op­ment man­ager, said the ap­pe­tis­ers would be served on a board in smaller glasses so friends, com­pan­ions, or col­leagues could share the drink to­gether.

“There will be some in­ter­est­ing new cock­tail ad­di­tions in­clud­ing our espresso Martini range,” Ms O’Keefe said.

“We’ve also got one called Grandma’s Ap­ple Pie with ap­ple cider, Frangelico, whipped cream, and cin­na­mon on top.

“The idea is you’re with a group of friends and you can share a plate and share a cock­tail taster.

“We want to pro­vide some­where where peo­ple can come and re­lax and have a drink.”

Ms O’Keefe said a light bar menu would be pro­vided be­tween 4–7pm of­fer­ing dishes such as cheese and meat plat­ters, warm olives and sour dough, cala­mari, bowls of mus­sels with crusty bread, and a “box of fried good­ies” with a south Amer­i­can cheese dip for shar­ing or as a light bite be­fore din­ner.

“Hem­ing­way’s was orig­i­nally de­signed to pro­vide a re­ally good qual­ity restau­rant where peo­ple could have din­ner over­look­ing the ma­rina, and that’s some­thing we want to con­tinue.

“The ra­tio­nale with The Gar­den Bar was not to take away from the restau­rant, but we wanted to add another el­e­ment to make our­selves more ap­proach­able. And one of the things that’s nicest to do in the Whit­sun­days is to take ad­van­tage of the lovely late af­ter­noons and beau­ti­ful sun­sets.”

She said the new bar would be an out­side lounge area.

“It will have a re­laxed, lounge feel and will be ideal for lo­cals to come for a drink af­ter work, for peo­ple who are booked to dine any­way but want to come a bit ear­lier, for tourists and vis­i­tors re­turn­ing from a day cruise, and for guests stay­ing in the ma­rina.”

Ms O’Keefe said there would be live mu­sic on the week­ends, which would in­clude lounge-style pi­ano mu­sic, soft gui­tar sounds or a solo singer “to cre­ate that lazy af­ter­noon vibe”.

She said the new restau­rant man­ager Dawn Ro­manella had a vi­sion for The Gar­den Bar, which in­cluded pro­vid­ing a space where peo­ple could en­joy the scenic set­ting of the ma­rina in the late af­ter­noon and early evening.

The Gar­den Bar will be open 4–7pm daily and from June 2, the restau­rant is open for din­ner book­ings from 6pm.

PHOTO: CHERIE MOREL

WHAT A VIEW: Hem­ing­way's, Abell Point Ma­rina wants to give guests a rea­son to come back.

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