Marca on the Wharf

Restaurant in Cobourg ON

Objectives

Marca’s second venture located on the waterfront of Cobourg, Ontario. A picturesque town that not only boasts an entire collection of neighbourhoods as a Heritage Conservation District, but one that even has its own Poet Laureate. Behind the eloquent words and sun kissed waves lies a small, yet vibrant downtown area that’s a hub for tourists in the summer spending time at one of Lake Ontario’s best beaches. The key was creating the perfect spot to entice residents and visitors alike to enjoy a lively, authentic Italian dining experience.

Challenges

Working with a new building presents a different set of hurdles than a historical renovation. The freedom of working without key features that must remain can be a curse as well as a blessing. It was important to respect the lakeside vibe without compromising the restaurant’s mission of providing the same authentic experience as their flagship location.

Results

The larger space allowed us to plan for an enhanced service experience for both employees and customers alike. Taking advantage of its lakefront location, over-sized windows fill the walls. A custom built bar combines rustic traditionalism with eclectic modern appeal, all while using the highest calibre of materials. The fusion of a feel good beach resort and an old world trattoria created what became their award-winning Cobourg location, Marca on the Wharf.