Mulpha Australia, owner and operators of Bimbadgen Wines in the Hunter Valley, has expanded its hospitality portfolio with the purchase of popular Italian restaurant Ioesco in Sanctuary Cove.

Restauranteurs Max and Amanda Alfieri, who have operated Ioesco since 2008, will stay on as managers of the restaurant, with the support of the hospitality team at Mulpha and Bimbadgen. The restaurant with views across Sanctuary Cove seats 120 patrons with plans underway to extend the deck.

Ioesco founder and manager Max Alfieri said, “We are pleased that we have secured the support of Mulpha to ensure the future of Ioesco. It has been a labour of love and a privilege to serve Sanctuary Cove locals and the Greater Gold Coast community, and witness so many happy guests and wonderful moments over the years. Ioseco is a traditional Italian family restaurant serving Max’s original recipes, cooked with passion and the freshest ingredients. That is a tradition that will continue at Ioesco, with the support of Mulpha and the Bimbadgen wine team.”

Mulpha’s General Manager of Hospitality, Belinda Stapleton said, “We are delighted to invest in the future of this much-loved restaurant that helps makes Sanctuary Cove a great place to live and visit. Mulpha has a deep respect for the business that the Alfieri’s have built at Ioesco, and we want to ensure that continues into the future. Having Max and Amanda stay on through this partnership will ensure we continue the great legacy that they have created over more than a decade.

“To celebrate the partnership of Ioesco and Bimbadgen Wines, Mulpha are working extensively with Max and Amanda in planning exciting new events and exclusive food and wine experiences for 2022. As well, diners at Ioesco will now be able to select premium Bimbadgen wines from the restaurant’s walk-in cellar for dinner or for a catered function in the restaurant.”

Ms Stapleton said Mulpha has a strong commitment in Australia’s hospitality sector, and Ioesco is part of its growing hospitality portfolio. This includes Bimbadgen Estate and its award-winning restaurant Esca and Palmers Lane in the Hunter Valley, the recent purchase of Emma’s Cottage Vineyard with café in the Hunter Valley, InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort with its renowned restaurant Fireplace, InterContinental Sydney, and InterContinental Hayman Island.

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