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New Eatery at the Wharf

By December 3, 2015 No Comments

The newly opened Wharf Kitchen and Bar brings a fresh vibe to the buzzing community at the Raglan Wharf. Known to many as the old Marlin Bar–aside from the building, not much is the same.
From the rustic porch to the white washed interior that reaches all the way to the backsplash of the bar, the remodelled space is warm and inviting.

Through fond word of mouth, Helen Rowling and Barry Conner were recommended to the new building owners, Noel and Sue Bamber as a possible team to take over the Marlin Bar business lease. Helen took almost a month to say yes, but the location had stolen her heart. Noel and Sue saw their vision for the business and the transformation began this past April.

Helen and Barry designed the new look together, and Barry did all of the renovations with some help along the way. After an unfortunate fire, they worked tirelessly for four months to ensure the space would be ready to welcome the summer crowds.

The Wharf Kitchen and Bar officially opened in mid-November. Helen and Barry brought on Lerryn Hawken and Donna Friend who have created a menu that is all the rave. Lerryn wanted to create a menu that he himself would be happy to sit down and dine on his days off with family and friends. The delicious food and refreshing space makes you feel right at home. It’s the perfect way to spend an afternoon, soaking in the sights, sounds and tastes of Raglan by the Sea. More than half of the menu is gluten free, with dairy free options as well–there’s definitely something for everyone.

“This is just the start, there’s so much more to come,” Helen said.

The Wharf Kitchen and Bar is open Wednesday to Sunday for lunch and dinner. Helen and Barry are currently looking for historic photos of the Wharf and Marlin Bar to add to their ‘museum’ room. Feel free to contact them if you have something to contribute. Phone 825 0010.

Karamea Puriri

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