This April, property investor-turned-publican Glenn Piper will unveil the first step in the redevelopment of the beloved Merewether Beach Hotel, putting a modern spin on a classic beachside establishment.

Following a number of successful ventures in the Northern Beaches, Piper made the move north, purchasing the iconic Newcastle establishment in May 2022. The hotel, affectionately dubbed “The Beaches” by locals, has been an integral part of the Merewether community for a century, boasting multi-storey facilities and stunning beachfront views.

The acquisition also had personal significance, as Piper holidayed in Merewether as a child, and is a keen surfer as an adult. The redevelopment project pays homage to the history of The Beaches, recognising its importance for the local community and surf culture.

“More than just its Art Deco architecture and iconic views, we want it to be a homage to the medley of cultures that have shaped this storied place – the friends and the family, the surf and the city, the nostalgic and the modern – all under one roof where everyone is welcome,” Piper said.

The venue will open in stages, allowing the community to continue gathering at The Beaches, and to provide earlier local employment opportunities.

Our first look at the redevelopment will come in the form of Larrie’s, a beachside kiosk serving up generous helpings of nostalgia. Short for larrikin, the name references the cheeky, playful energy of the 70s and 80s surf community. The vintage brown and mustard tiled bars, laminate countertops, and checkerboard flooring are reminiscent of retro milk bars, and the menu is inspired by beachside takeaways. Larrie’s will also offer a range of chilled Australian beers and ice-cold soft drinks.

The next stage of the Merewether Beach Hotel will be opened in 2023, with a refurbished ground-floor bar, and a coastal dining experience on the upper level.

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