Manly Wharf looks set to score a $9 million makeover, with owner Seagrass Capital given the green light to add a second storey and jazz up the current offerings.
According to The Sydney Morning Herald, well-known property developer, hotelier and head of the company Robert Magid has grand plans for the iconic waterfront precinct, including two sprawling, second-level restaurants. The flash new eateries will boast floor-to-ceiling harbour views and al fresco dining, while the rest of the redevelopment will see the addition of new lifts, a private staircase, and a joint lobby. If all goes to plan, the restaurants might open their doors as early as mid-next year.
Word is, Seagrass will invite a select few local and international restaurant names to submit expressions of interest to set up shop at the wharf. If successful, they'll join current tenants Papi Chulo and Hugos.
This latest transformation of Manly Wharf is Magid's second, after turning the site into a food and drink precinct back in 2001. His proposal to add a six-storey, 200-room hotel was rejected by Manly Council. This one is much less extreme — but might still block the views of some apartments that sit behind the wharf.