Sydney❜s Iconic Waterfront Cafe is Reopening After Million-dollar Makeover

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Riddle us this: is there anything better than a cool, casual, yet effortlessly chic waterfront dining venue? 

Well, plans are well and truly underway for the resurrection of the beloved Barrenjoey Boatshed—a Sydney icon that's steeped in history, and set to turn into a picturesque waterfront eatery, hanging right over Pittwater. 

Here's what you need to know. 

Barrenjoey Boatshed: Sydney's Iconic Waterfront Cafe is Reopening

Barrenjoey Boatshed
Work is well and truly underway at Barrenjoey Boatshed. Image: Sydney Morning Herald.

The secret is out about the dynamic duo who've been busily acquiring picturesque waterfront venues to the north of Sydney. The driving forces behind the hospitality ventures that have been making waves: Restaurateur and publican extraordinaire, Ben May, fresh off the success of selling the Manly Wharf Hotel in June, has joined forces with the hospitality veteran, Rob Domjen. Together, they're crafting a new chapter in waterfront hospitality.

Ben May, known for bringing the vibrant vibes of Mrs. Sippy to Bali and proudly owning the iconic Burleigh Pavilion in sunny southeast Queensland, enthusiastically shares, "These days, I'm all about the art of crafting unforgettable dining experiences." We're all ears, Mr. May!

The duo are reviving the original name, the Barrenjoey Boatshed, paying homage to its rich history dating back to 1947, but insist that while they fully intend to embrace the coastal charm of the area, they're steering clear of the cliché boat shed look.

Barrenjoey Boatshed Opening Date

While a definitive date hasn't yet been earmarked, Barrenjoey Boatshed is set to re-open at the start of the Palm Beach holiday season—which means it's incoming in December 2023. Mark your calendars, folks! 

Terrigal Too!

As if one project weren't enough, the duo is also crafting the dazzling Terrigal Pavilio—a multi-level masterpiece that effortlessly blends with the sand and sea. The Terrigal Pavillion will undergo a $5 million refit before reopening in late 2024. 

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