There is an art to creating a ‘home away from home’ bar and eatery – a place with a relaxed, friendly vibe whether you walk in straight from the beach, for a function, dinner with family or after work drinks.
With a long career in hospitality, The Archer co-owner, Danny Bucalo, has it nailed.
He opened the first Archer in Adelaide 20 years ago – named after the street where it is located.
The vision, Danny says, is for a beachside, feel – a local bar where the music is quiet enough for conversation, people of all ages are welcome, and the food is always good.
The Archer opened in Stanmore Bay in February after a refit to create a light and airy interior – described by Danny as “French country meets the Hamptons”.
Fully committed to The Archer’s success, Danny moved with his family to the Coast and he says, despite the challenges for the hospitality sector, he is delighted that he did.
He assembled a team that includes manager Steven Richards, who recently managed Auckland’s Skytower food and beverage operations, and chef Milos Miskovic, previously at Andy’s Burgers and Bar in Auckland city.
“He really knows his burgers, and they’re already a customer favourite,” Danny says.
The Mediterranean style menu changes seasonally – from lighter summer dishes to winter warmers like lamb shanks.
‘Our customers are mostly local and they are giving very positive feedback. We feel like we fit right into this family-orientated, beachy area.”
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