Mosman Rowers Latest: Bird & Bear team set to rescue local icon - as administration deadline extended!
Exclusive by ANNA USHER.
A reinvigorated Mosman Rowers Club will boast a family and dog-friendly, stylish café featuring fuss-free dishes and award-winning coffee seven-days-a-week.
Plans are well underway for the successful Bird & Bear hospitality brand, led by Adam and Emma Marshall, to breathe new life into the iconic club, by transforming its tired lower level into a welcoming family destination, with pram parking and a 7:30am opening time.
Set to be called “Archie Bear”, in honour of Founding father Archibald Mosman, the café will join its popular siblings Sandy Bear (Clontarf) and Flying Bear (Kirribilli), as the Marshall’s continue their mission to make the Harbour more accessible to Sydneysiders.
“We intend to replicate what we’ve successfully achieved in Clontarf and Kirribilli, by offering fresh, uncomplicated food and fantastic coffee at reasonable prices,” Adam said.
“Archie Bear will be the Flagship in our group and we are very focussed on preserving the heritage of the site and ensuring the upstairs area of the Rowers remains a welcoming club for members and visitors.
“It’s a hugely exciting prospect – but there’s still much work to be done before it becomes a reality,” he said.
Mosman Rowers member and former Vice President, Tim James says while fundraising efforts are continuing well, more contributions are urgently needed for the club to avoid liquidation.
“The response so far has been wonderful, and many tens of thousands of dollars has been pledged to save the Rowers,” he said.
“But we are asking the community to give what they can to help us reach the target of $150,000.
“These fantastic new plans for Mosman Rowers will come to life only if we can get out of administration.”
Tim tells Mosman Collective that contributions have come not only from current members, but many other sectors of the community.
“We’ve had money pledged from pensioners, former staff, university students and people who don’t even live in the area,” he said.
“It shows that Mosman Rowers is much more than a business in administration.
“It’s a local icon.”
With a 10-day extension granted to today’s July 30 deadline, Tim says there is still time to save Mosman Rowers.
“Adam Marshall is also making a contribution to this fund which sends a very positive message,” Tim tells Mosman Collective.
“We need to emphasise that no monies will change hands unless we reach the $150,000 target,” he said, “and if it’s not reached then no pledge will be called upon – so the club will close for good.
“And what a terrible tragedy it would be if we lost 145 years of local history.”
It’s something that resonates deeply with Adam Marshall.
“The history and the location of Mosman Rowers is unique, and we aim to make it a much-loved community asset,” he said.
“We want kids and dogs and families to enjoy the downstairs area and make use of the world class views.
“For our Members, we are just as passionate about providing a bespoke and comfortable space that will be like a home away from home.
“We are planning on a weekly trivia night, open mic nights – and the return of that great Aussie institution, the Friday meat tray raffle!”