New era begins for Archies
THE sale of the prestigious Archies on the Creek restaurant and function centre in October by Stockdale and Leggo Wonthaggi last year spells a new era for the iconic facility.
It is due to reopen early this year.
Developed by former owner Vern Rickman in the old butter factory, the $8 million fine dining establishment in the small South Gippsland hamlet of Archies Creek closed on Sunday, May 27, 2012, failed to sell at auction on October 2012 and was passed in at $1.85 million.
Wonthaggi selling agent Stockdale and Leggo’s Pat Barry told The Star last Thursday a Melbourne purchaser had bought the property for an undisclosed price and planned to reopen the facility early in 2014.
Mr Barry said the Archies on the Creek venue would be run as previously with the bars and dining areas opened in stages.
“It is a great facility and the sale represents the start of a new era for Archies on the Creek,” he said.
“The reopening of the facility will see jobs created in the area and that is something good for the whole area.”
Mr Barry suggested the dining would be more casual but weddings would still be catered for as in the past.
Archies on the Creek, situated on 3.36 acres, “is a grand facility with a fabulous reception area, quite a variety of bars”, large landscaped gardens and ornamental lake.
In its heyday, Archies on the Creek boasted a lakeside restaurant, wine bar, sportsmen’s bar, 20,000 bottle wine cellar and private dining room, wedding and conference facilities with the stunning menus created by top Melbourne chef Paul Wilson.
While the chandeliers, leather lounges, plush furnishings have all been sold off and the lovely fountains shut down, South Gippslanders can now look forward to the rebirth of the stately entertainment venue sometime soon.
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