Settlement on internationally recognised landmark Manly Wharf was finalised last month by Artemus Group, owners of Brisbane’s Howard Smith Wharves.

The heritage-listed Manly Wharf, first built in 1855 as the northern terminal for the Sydney to Manly Ferry, is Artemus Group’s first acquisition in New South Wales.

Industry veteran and long-time owner Ben May told PubTIC there had been no actual intention of selling, but he was approached with an offer at just the right time.

May is optimistic about what Artemus founders and directors Adam Flaskas, Paul Henry and CEO Luke Fraser will bring to the venture.

“I think they will do some great things and be very successful. They are the perfect buyers for the Wharf,” he said.

The Group has already successfully transformed the heritage-listed Howard Smith Wharves in Brisbane with the inclusion of a hotel, bars, restaurants and cafes, event spaces and local brewery Felon’s.

While Artemus Group has made some initial improvements to the area, it intends to get to know the thriving local community of Manly before implementing any long-term strategy.

Spokesperson and brand director Dean Romeo said Artemus is committed to the revitalisation of the waterfront.

“The Group are committed to revitalising the waterfront precinct into a premium hospitality destination, creating a thriving community and cultural hub.”

In the meantime, inspiration was found in the surf-village-meets-Mediterranean feel of the area, which receives approximately nine million visitors each year, reflected in the new dishes offered.

Artemus brought in Corey Costelloe, formerly of Hunter Street Hospitality and Rockpool Bar & Grill, to consult on the menu. Together with group executive chef Shaun Hyland, group kitchen manager Mat Brazier and executive chef Chris Augustyn, Costelloe has created a simple menu with ‘best-in-class produce’ committed to showcasing local fishermen and farmers.

Highlights of the menu include Clarence River baby octopus; 600g CopperTree Farms 45-day, dry-aged, bone-in ribeye; and whole butterflied whiting sourced from Coffs Harbour, all matched with a simple yet inspired drinks menu.

Manly Wharf Hotel will also offer daily specials along with a weekly premium meat tray supplied by CopperTree Farms.

Raffle proceeds will be donated to a selection of local organisations the Wharf Bar has committed to supporting for the year.

These currently include Local Kind Northern Beaches, North Steyne Boardriders Club, Bold & The Beautiful Swim Squad Manly and Manly Life Saving Club.

“We are champions of local talent and suppliers and are proud to be building a legacy for future generations to enjoy,” stated Flaskas.

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