Revamp looms for waterfront icon
The group behind Auckland's new Botswana Butchery restaurant are planning a makeover for well-known central city eatery, Harbourside.
The restaurant in the historic ferry building on Auckland's waterfront will change hands on October 1.
While the Harbourside brand will remain, the new owners are planning a major refurbishment in June 2013.
A cartel of 16 hospitality businesses - including Botswana Butchery on the ground-level of the ferry building - bought the Auckland restaurant for an undisclosed amount.
One of the directors, Russell Gray, said the purchase is aimed at building on the success of the recently opened Botswana Butchery.
"The move enables us to leverage our presence in Auckland, arguably New Zealand's most competitive hospitality environment. Having two strong businesses in the ferry building is very exciting."
Current Harbourside restaurant owner Tony Adcock will stay on for 12 months to ensure the food and service remain at the same standard during the handover, Gray said.
The group, operated through Safari Hospitality and Good Group, own restaurants in Queenstown, Wanaka, Christchurch and Auckland.
Botswana Butchery was one of the most recent endeavours, with the restaurant opening in March.