I absolutely love Manly, as you can see from my ‘Suburb in the spotlight’ post here.
I’m really pleased to announce that Robert Magid of TMG Developments, who in recent years has been responsible for the restoration and beautification of several significant public heritage buildings such as the historical Harbour Rocks Hotel and the transformation of Pier One Wharf from derelict to a world-class luxury hotel, is now be able to move forward with the next phase of investment in Manly Wharf following the NSW Land and Environment Court’s decision to approve his revised Development Application.
Known for his design prowess in always maintaining respect for the historical and architectural features in all his property upgrades, Magid’s involvement with the Manly Wharf site extends back to 1995 when it was a much less welcoming shopping arcade and games zone. In 2002, TMG undertook a complete overhaul and refurbishment of the entire wharf, transforming it into a premium restaurant precinct with the signings of Hugos, the Bavarian Bier Café, Phoenix restaurant and the Manly Wharf Hotel. This kick started the turnaround not only of the dining scene in the area but also helped further establish Manly as a world class tourism destination.
As a testament to the appeal and quality of the Manly Wharf precinct, it has been recently confirmed that Justin Hemmes of the Merivale Group has signed up to be part of the wharf too. Hemmes’ dining destinations are known around the world and not only does this mark his first waterfront restaurant but also his first move north of the Harbour Bridge. Hemmes confirmed in June this year his commitment to moving into the wharf and announced his Executive Chef, Dan Hong behind the successful Mr Wongs and El Loco restaurants, is was working on a menu of Argentinian and Cuban food with a bit of Mexican. Magid is sure the new restaurants approved on the roof will also attract other world class hospitality operators and set a new benchmark again for Manly residents.
“We have responded to concerns raised through the hearing process and have substantially modified the design of the proposal. We now look forward to this next phase of investment in Manly Wharf and continuing to attract the very best restaurant and dining operators from Australia and around the world that will add to the appeal of Manly as a world-wide tourist attraction and which will be enjoyed by the people of Manly and visitors alike” Magid commented