A massive honey barbecue restaurant is being developed in the NSW Hunter Valley by the NSW Government, with the first one set to open in March 2019.
The honey bar, located on a remote, isolated property on a stretch of Highway 8, has been in development for some time.
It will be the first honey bar in the Hunter Valley.
According to the Hunter Tourism Authority, the bar is designed to be a “high quality” place for the community to enjoy the best quality of honey.
“The development will bring together a range of community members and businesses, with a view to opening up the Hunter to the rest of NSW,” Hunter Tourism Agency chief executive, Tim O’Connell, said.
Mr O’Connors said the company was looking at a range and variety of uses, including catering, hospitality and retail.
“We have an existing business in the Hobart CBD, a restaurant in the city, a hotel in the CBD, and also we have an office, and a cafe, and we are looking to expand on that,” he said.
“But we are also looking at the development of the Hunter and developing out to the regional areas, which is where we are very interested in, particularly the Hunter Vale.”
Mr O’Connor said the Honey Bar would provide a “unique, engaging experience” for the Hunter’s community, with more than 2,000 members attending events at the restaurant every year.
Honey Bar to open by March 2019 Hooker Honey Bar will be one of the first locations to open up in the new Honey Bar.
In March 2019, Honey Bar owner and chef, John Hooker, will launch the new honey bar.
He said the honey bar would provide an experience similar to that of the local Hobart market, where local honeybees are raised and sold on the market to farmers and chefs for local food.
“It’s a place where you can come in and see, for example, how they grow their honey, how we grow ours, and see how they cook their meat,” Mr Hooker said.
“I think that’s what people are looking for,” Mr O ‘Connors added. “
That’s really what the honey is for, it really is a place for food and the experience that it provides is a very high quality experience.”
“I think that’s what people are looking for,” Mr O ‘Connors added.
‘Honey bar’ would be a popular place to eat in the futureThe development is expected to attract a range to the area.
A community meeting has been held in the community of Narrows, where the Honeybar is set to be located, to determine if there are suitable land uses.
An announcement will be made in the coming weeks about what the HoneyBar could look like and the plans for the area, Mr Hookers said.
A community member from Hobart, who did not want to be named, said the development was not necessarily the only option for the region.
“If you look at Hobart and the Hunter, there’s no other development that’s going on in the area at the moment that’s as much as three to four kilometres away,” she said.”[We] are looking at different ways of doing things and a lot has changed in the last five or six years.”