With a portfolio of waterfront venues stretching from Balmoral to Palm Beach, the greatest threat to Andrew and Pip Goldsmith's booming Boathouse Group might just be rising sea levels.
The Goldsmiths have opened the doors at the Boathouse Hotel Patonga, throwing $5 million on a facelift and rebrand after splashing a reported $10 million purchasing the landmark Patonga pub last year.
Andrew Goldsmith says they've long coveted the hotel, believing an overcrowding of Sydney venues and growth in areas such as the central coast make regional expansion the next logical step.
But they've been careful not to force-feed the Patonga community.
"The joke over here was that it was going to be West Palm Beach and we'd turn it into a cafe. Yes we've made it lighter and brighter, but it's a waterside pub and we don't want to change that … we like the dart board," Goldsmith says.
Boathouse staples as well as pub classics litter the food menu, and Goldsmith is revelling in the bar side of the operation, with 17 different beers available.
There's more expansion to come, with the Boathouse Group's takeover of Barrenjoey House to be unveiled just before Christmas.
"It'll be a step up again, with bookings and table service. We don't want to just keep replicating what we already do."
Open Mon-Tue (breakfast and lunch) 7am-4pm, Wed-Sun (breakfast, lunch and dinner) 7am-10pm.
The Boathouse Hotel, 6/8 Patonga Drive, Patonga, 02 9974 5440, theboathousehotelpatonga.com.au