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d'Arenberg returns to seven-day trading in bid to boost tourist numbers

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For the first time since the enforced closure brought about by COVID-19, the d’Arenberg Cube and d’Arry’s Verandah Restaurant will return to seven-days trade, including a new concept in the former Cube Restaurant space.

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From Monday, July 6, d’Arry’s Verandah Restaurant and all levels of the d’Arenberg Cube will be welcoming visitors every day of the week for the first time in three months.

Since the easing of restrictions on wineries and restaurants, d’Arenberg has been trading Thursday to Sunday.

Winemaker Chester Osborn said the decision to return to seven-day trading was not a financial one, but rather to help boost tourist numbers into the McLaren Vale region.

“The decision to return to seven-day trading has been difficult. With visitation down from what we would expect at this time of year, in purely financial terms it probably doesn’t make much sense,” said Osborn.

“We recognise that the d’Arenberg Cube is a big attraction among the regions many great offerings and we want to do our bit to bring people back out to the regional communities.”

A $15 entry fee provides access to the Alternate Realities Museum, 360-degree Experience, wine tastings on level four, as well as a new dining concept on level three – the space formerly home to the lauded but now shuttered d’Arenberg Cube Restaurant.

Eat@Polly’s is a “more relaxed offering, serving coffee, casual food,” alongside d’Arenberg wines. Dining at the new restaurant does not require a reservation, and the menu has been designed by d’Arry’s Verandah head chef Peter Reschke.

“Level three is one of my favourite parts of The Cube, with some great art pieces and plenty of quirky features,” said Osborn.

This more relaxed concept also means that every level of The Cube is now open and available to the public for casual visitation for the first time since the restaurant launched in December 2017.

From Monday, July 6, The Cube is open daily from 10am to 5pm.

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