Leaning back in your chair on the balcony, the sun warms your face and sea spray softly licks your skin as you lift a local larger to your lips. You breathe in the beach. The surf life savers train on the sand in front of you, and the bustle of Henley Square ebbs and flows beneath you.
It’s time for these distant memories to be brought back to life, as one of Adelaide’s most iconic locations becomes home to Seamore’s, a new bar and restaurant.
Formerly Henley Kiosk, and more recently Sandbar, the building that sits as a cornerstone to Henley Square, one of Adelaide’s most famous beachside destinations, is about to undergo its biggest transformation yet, bringing that quintessential Aussie beach essence back to where it began over 100 years ago.
Downstairs, sits one of the West side’s most popular Thai restaurants, Thai Orchid, but it’s been many years since there’s been any life emanating from the upper levels. When Sandbar, Henley’s nightclub closed years ago, the space lived on as a function centre for Thai Orchid, the building’s owners.
Now, plans are well underway for Seamore’s, which will be opening this summer.
The interior is undergoing a major transformation at the hands of U.F.O. Agencies, who are responsible for projects like Motel Mexicola, Chicco Palms, Africola, Rocket Bar and more.
It’s going be offering up ‘vibe dining’, in a comfortable space. It’s all about tapping in to the Australian beach culture that’s at the heart of Henley.
While capacity is a huge 260 people, there’s plenty of cosy corners which will allow to small groups to settle in for casual dining or drinks, or even private functions, while the large enclosed balcony along the beachfront will offer up a more formal dining area.
A large open air balcony, which faces into the Square, is primed for sunset cocktails and drinks, with a small bar servicing those soaking up the ambience.
The heritage of the building is a key factor in all the design plans, with a focus on keeping the personality of the building, and the casual beachy feel, while also adding some more modern elements.
Seamore’s is all about being accessible to young and older customers, and the plan is to keep things within reach, so the venue is full year-round, rather than just during the summer months.
Mattis Vanzati, is developing Seamore’s with brother Lukas and parents Louise and Bo, after successfully establishing a suite of other businesses together with the family.
The family are responsible for Malobo, Swedish Tarts and Hermanos Cubanos in Henley Square, Swedish Tarts in Glenelg & Port Adelaide, and New Nordic in Prospect.
Their stronghold in Henley over the years has given them a solid insight into what both the locals and visitors to the areas are after with their food and drinking experiences, and that knowledge will form the backbone of Seamore’s.
Seamore’s dining will be focused on lunch and dinner with a transition to a bar vibe after 9PM with some chill DJ sets into the night. Bottomless mimosa breakfasts will be on offer on weekends. Not hungry? No problem. The venue will also cater for those just wanting a drink on the balcony, or a catch up with friends.
While there’s plenty to do before the doors open this Summer, it’s definitely one to watch, as it promises, once again, to be everybody’s Henley go-to destination.