The Hunter and Central Coast Development Corporation (HCCDC) has awarded a 50-year lease of The Wharf building to Hope Estate.
Titled “Hope at Honeysuckle,” the venue aims to be a “bespoke and unique Hunter Valley experience on the harbourfront” to showcase the region’s food, wine, beer and spirits – after the fashion of the Pokolbin destination, that has grown a widespread reputation in Australia.
Michael Hope said he intends to create a drawcard destination with a cellar door, provedore retail, restaurant, and dining options.
Hope comes with two generations of family that have actively worked to make the business what it is today, and we are very proud of that legacy,” said Mr Hope.
The former maritime museum site has been idle since the collection vacated the restored heritage wharf building two years ago.
HCCDC took The Wharf building to market in late-2019 with the aim of attracting a drawcar destination to enhance the Honeysuckle precinct.
Acting Chief Executive Valentina Misevska said Hope at Honeysuckle was a fantastic concept that the community can truly look forward to enjoying.
We are really delighted that Hope Estate will be coming to Honeysuckle with a creative offering that will appeal to locals, tourists, students and more.
We were pleased with the response to our call for proposals, and we are happy that the proponent is an experienced local operator that really knows how to do food, wine and entertainment exceedingly well.”