Newcastle’s iconic Scratchleys Restaurant is soon to see some changes, with approval recently granted by Newcastle City Council for an expansion of the venue at its western end. The extension includes a new patron dining area and expanded kitchen facilities, increasing space and comfort for both patrons and staff.
First opening as a restaurant in the former ferry wharf building in 1989, this will be the third iteration of the “Scratchleys on the Wharf” restaurant, with EJE also having extended the building at its eastern end in 1999. This building was recently nominated for an award in the Lower Hunter Urban Design 40 year anniversary awards. The 2015 additions re-use the structure of the former concrete wharf and sea plane office so that no new sea piles are required for the works, and have been designed with passive environmental design principles so that no air conditioning is required.