The lot that once held the Shore Club Hotel on Manly’s shorefront has been empty for nearly four years. Greg Anderson (former Aria chef) and Patricia Nunes, the pair behind Sails in Lavender Bay, are finally rescuing the space. They’ve recruited Luchetti Krell (ACME and Banksii) to help design a three-storey restaurant and rooftop bar, slated to open in April.

Manly Greenhouse will seat 400 across three levels. On the ground floor you’ll find a bar, coffee counter, and a wood-fire pizza oven; while the middle level will give way to a refined restaurant centred around a charcoal grill. A cocktail bar will slide into the rooftop area, under a canopy of ferns, open to the ocean breeze. Beers and wine will be on tap.

“We’ve witnessed the Manly Wharf grow in popularity over the years and we believe now is the time to breathe new life into one of Sydney’s best beachfronts,” says Anderson.

The design of the building is inspired by a greenhouse; with a vast glass frontage broken up by steel. Greenery, sourced from the Plant Room in Pittwater, will fill the concrete-lined venue, and a series of pressed-flower portraits by illustrator Beci Orphin will line the walls.

While there are whispers it’s going to be the north’s answer to Coogee Pavilion, Anderson doesn’t want to draw comparisons. He just wants to give locals what they want.

Manly Greenhouse will open in April this year.

This article was updated on April 24 2018.