Brazilian barbecue a big hit with Lower Hutt foodies

Gauchos BBQ is one of several new eateries in the Station Gardens complex.
PHOTO: BEN MURDOCH

Gauchos BBQ is one of several new eateries in the Station Gardens complex.

An all-you-can-eat  Brazilian-style barbecue is proving a big hit with Lower Hutt residents.

Since the Station Village, which is now known as Station Gardens, went into liquidation in September 2015 the property has  had a $2 million upgrade by its new owner, the Wellington Hospitality Group.  

 

Vanessa and Brent Ayton celebrated Valentine's Day at the all-you-can-eat barbecue.
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Vanessa and Brent Ayton celebrated Valentine's Day at the all-you-can-eat barbecue.

Director Will Williams oversaw a complete overhaul of the complex, which is based around an old railway station, and now includes  a craft beer and whisky bar,  an Italian-style cafe, a traditional sports bar and Gauchos BBQ.

The station venue  has long been regarded as Lower Hutt's premier entertainment precinct and its closure in 2015 caused a storm on social media, with locals lamenting  its loss.

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Gauchos BBQ at the Station Gardens in Lower Hutt has proved a popular place to visit.
Ben Murdoch

Gauchos BBQ at the Station Gardens in Lower Hutt has proved a popular place to visit.

The Station Village was known as a venue for rock concerts and although there is still live music, it is on a smaller scale.

The new owners are keen to get on with their neighbours and Williams said there had been no noise complaints, since  they took over.

He is delighted with the fit out and now that it is complete, he predicts Station Gardens will become a regional attraction.

The Station Village has been a venue for rock concerts, including Jimmy Barnes. Music is still on the menu but it is now ...
PHOTO: NICHOLAS BOYACK/FAIRFAX/N

The Station Village has been a venue for rock concerts, including Jimmy Barnes. Music is still on the menu but it is now more low key.

"I think we are filling a bit of a gap in the market. You can come out here and have four different options."

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He was in talks with council officials about getting trains running on the Melling Line in weekends and for the Lions tour later this year.

Melling trains run Monday to Friday but Williams believed Wellingtonians would use a weekend train service.

Group director of hospitality Vince Lombino said feedback on the upgrade had been good but it was the Brazilian barbecue that had really taken off.

"It has gone seriously well, we are rapt with the feedback. People just love it."

Gauchos manager Claire Dyke said  that with a huge range of salads, it was not only meat lovers that enjoyed it.

"Even vegetarians and vegans love it because the salad bar is amazing."

Williams said the cost of the upgrade was spread between the complex's landlord and Wellington Hospitality.

There are 45 staff, including six who worked for the previous owners.

 - Stuff

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