New gelato store opening in New Regent St, Christchurch

Rollickin' Gelato is opening a shop in New Regent St.

Rollickin' Gelato is opening a shop in New Regent St.

Purveyors of fine frozen treats, Rollickin' Gelato, is finally opening its first real shop front. The new store, at 35-37 New Regent St, is the perfect next step for owner Jed Joyce, who first opened the business as a small mobile gelato cart – you'll know it by its bright orange and red colouring and snazzy design. He has since added a vintage events cart, and both can regularly be spotted at events and around the city, scooping up balls of delicious artisan gelato. The shop in New Regent St will mark a major turning point for the business.

Up until now, the gelato has been sourced from Wellington. With the shop will come gelato made in Christchurch, on site. Jed is promising local and seasonal flavours, organic where possible. No doubt this little treasure will be a fantastic addition to New Regent St's growing collection of eateries. Rumour has it, Rollickin' is competing for a second spot in the refurbished and restored Arts Centre, which is pegged to announce a selection of high end retailers some time this year. In the mean time, find Rollickin' at the Margaret Mahy Family Playground, and cross your fingers for a spring opening in New Regent St. 

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Casual and Country's new eatery in Ferrymead, Ten27.

Casual and Country's new eatery in Ferrymead, Ten27.


Hereford St fast food

If you haven't been into the central city for a while, you might be missing out on some openings. A great sign of a city's recovery is the return of franchise food joints. In Hereford St, Christchurch is seeing a slow growth in recognisable brands and expansions of some local labels. If you're keen on the odd takeaway, you could head in to the BNZ Centre at 120 Hereford. You'll find the newly opened Burger Fuel, a Pita Pit, Hachi Hachi sushi (also at Bush Inn and Victoria St) and a Wendy's. Being so central, no doubt there's more fast food joints on the way. 

Ferrymead's new eatery

Casual and Country, a homewares and interior design store owned by the Turnbull family, has officially re-opened its eatery. The store always had a cafe but it has been operating from a portacom since the earthquakes. The opening of Ten27 marks a return to the permanent eatery connected to the store itself. Modern, relaxed and sophisticated, the new eatery is open longer hours and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as a range of cabinet food. You can even have a glass of wine with your meal, thanks to a liquor license. Owner John Turnbull says the dinner mains are all under $30, in an atmosphere he describes as "fine dining without the tablecloth". Browse the shop before eating, grab a coffee or just pop in for a bite. Ten27 caters for everything. Open Monday and Tuesday 6.30am to 5.30pm, Wednesday to Friday 6.30am ti kate and weekends 8am to late. Unsurprisingly, it is located at 1027 Ferry Rd. 

More in Ferrymead

Ferrymead, that out-of-the-way suburb over near Sumner, has been quietly powering away in the hospitality department. Unless you drive through it every day, you might not realise how many dining options are available next to the estuary. The suburb now boasts a wealth of cafes like C'est si Bon, sushi bars like Kenzo, teppanyaki like @Tony's and family Italian eatery Casa Nostra. These are just a few. Next time you're at a loss for a weekend lunch or a cup of coffee, consider some fresh sea air and a bite to eat in Ferrymead. 

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