Hope at Honeysuckle is set to become something “really special” in the heart of Newcastle.
That’s the opinion of HCCDC chief operating officer Valentina Misevska, after the development application (DA) to transform the historic Wharf building into the City’s newest destination for food, entertainment and gourmet Hunter products was lodged.
The drawcard destination will feature a cellar door, providore retail, restaurant and dining options.
There’ll also be programming of the space to include wine tastings, cooking masterclasses or beer matching experiences.
“Submitting the DA was a key milestone for this exciting venture,” Ms Misevska said.
“Once fitted-out, the adaptive reuse of the building will really showcase the best of this precinct and generate a unique experience for both locals and visitors.
“Creating a vibrant, destination venue that offers fun times both day and night, encouraging people to linger longer while enhancing our built heritage definitely aligns with our objectives for the broader sector.”
With the DA now tendered, owner Michael Hope is positive about the project progressing soon.
“We have worked closely with our architects to come up with a design that really showcases the location while being sympathetic to the original fabric of the building,” he said.
“It was really important for us to bring a feeling of space to Hope at Honeysuckle.
“But, instead of looking out at rolling hills and rows of vines, that will come from the expanse of water and views to the horizon.
“From the Honeysuckle Drive frontage, the building will remain largely unchanged.
“On the harbour side, we want to create an all-weather space for outdoor dining to provide that much sought-after indoor-outdoor feel as well as making the most of the deck area and its proximity to the water.
“The point of difference in our development application is an additional level of outdoor space designed to really take advantage of the amazing view.
“We can’t wait to bring more of the Hope experience to you in Honeysuckle.”