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Merivale Is Spreading Its Footprint Beyond Sydney By Acquiring The Quarterdeck in Narooma

The hospitality group has snapped up the waterside bar, which is located on New South Wales' Far South Coast.
By Nik Addams
April 07, 2021
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By Nik Addams
April 07, 2021
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Sydney hospitality powerhouse Merivale has been known to buy a venue — or five — over the years. So, hearing that the company has snapped up another venue is hardly surprising. The fact that it's branching out beyond Sydney for the first time in its six-decade history is definitely new, however.

Merivale's latest purchase: The Quarterdeck, which is located in Narooma on the state's Far South Coast. Perched on the shores of Forsters Bay, the bar has been part of the Eurobodalla community for decades. Initially, it operated as an oyster grower's shed, then became a fish and chip takeaway with boat hire and an adjoining tackle shop — but it has been serving the locals in its current guise for the past 20 years.

"Narooma has become my second home and the backdrop to so many of my happiest memories with my family. I think it is one of the most beautiful spots in the world, with a unique landscape, crystal clear waters and an amazing community of people who call it home," said Merivale CEO Justin Hemmes in a statement announcing the news. "It has been an absolute privilege to spend so much time here over the past six years and I'm excited to now join the local business community."

The Quarterdeck now joins Merivale's portfolio of 70-plus brands venues, with the group picking up the keys to the bar in the coming months. It will keep trading as it is for now, with the hospitality company yet to announce any plans for future changes.

Wagonga Inlet at Narooma, Destination NSW

If you're now keen to drop by The Quarterdeck — or to add it to your must-visit list once Merivale takes over — you'll find it around a five-hour drive from Sydney. And, if you're planning a trip to the region, we've rounded up the best things to do while you're there in our Far South Coast road tripper's guide.

Find The Quarterdeck at Riverside Drive, Narooma — open 11.30am–3pm Thursdays, 11.30–10pm Fridays and Saturdays, and 11.30am–3.30pm Sundays.

Top image: The Quarterdeck, Narooma, Destination NSW

Published on April 07, 2021 by Nik Addams

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