Scarborough’s newest bar The Peach Pit ready for summer

James Connolly (bar manager) and owner Adam Kapinkoff. Photo: Martin Kennealey
James Connolly (bar manager) and owner Adam Kapinkoff. Photo: Martin Kennealey

LAZY long lunches, a cool cocktail after a beach swim and family friendly meals are what to expect at Scarborough’s latest venue offering The Peach Pit.

Formerly The Squire’s Fortune, owner Adam Kapinkoff of ARK Group has reinvented the space as a fun, approachable and casual new addition to the foreshore.

He said the end of a contract with James Squire presented an opportunity to realise his original vision for the spot.

“We really just want to have fun with it,” he said.

“We don’t take ourselves too seriously but we do take our food and drink very seriously.”

Mr Kapinkoff was excited to enlist experienced bartender James Connolly as bar manager.

Mr Connolly spent the past three years as beverage director of Long Chim’s three Australian restaurants and previously worked at the Trustee Bar and Bistro, Rockpool Bar and Grill and El Publico.

The award-winning bartender said The Peach Pit offered a great range of beers, wines and cocktails, including four cocktails on tap.

“I’m really excited about working at Scarborough Beach,” he said.

“It’s relaxed and user friendly…we’ve got something for everyone.”

Mr Connolly said the Peche Peche cocktail of peach, lemon, Amaro Montenegro and agave was already proving popular, along with its selection of gin and tonics.

There are also fresh juices and a variety of spritzes.

The food from chef Tom Kelly is varied, from share options such as the seafood plate and Bang Bang chicken wings, to classics like fish and chips, chicken parmigiana and pizzas, as well as healthy bowls including the poke and Buddha bowls.

Seafood features heavily, with local scallops, the mini lobster brioche bun, crayfish fettucine and oysters sure to appeal to pescatarians.

A Scarborough local, Mr Kapinkoff wanted to deliver what the community wanted.

The child and dog-friendly venue will also host Surf Club Sundays with DJs and food and drink specials to keep people dancing until late.

“We think it’s going to be a really good summer,” he said.

Mr Kapinkoff confirmed ARK Group was in the process of finalising purchase of nearby Scarborough Beach Bar, which went into administration in July.

The group also runs Market Grounds, The Duke, Durty Nelly’s and The Generous Squire.