Restaurants' future still a mystery

Last updated 08:07 09/11/2012

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Palmerston North's mystery restaurants on the corner of Cuba and Rangitikei streets continue to baffle, with one rebranded months after opening and construction activity unfolding in the other.

The two restaurants - Chili and Piazza - sat empty and unopened for the best part of a year.

While Chili opened in May this year, Piazza has remained dormant.

However, the Manawatu Standard spotted construction workers in the building this week.

Work has been done on what looks like the bar section, while there is also signage in the store indicating it could become a Thai restaurant.

Furniture had been moved around, but what the restaurant will eventually look like - or when it could open - was still a mystery.

Wellington man Robert Stadniczenko - who had been named as being in charge of the two restaurants - could not be contacted.

Meanwhile, Chili has undergone a rebranding, despite being closed since July. A sign was originally put up saying the restaurant would be shut for two weeks, but the doors have not opened since.

The restaurant is now called Yum Yum Thai, but was not open when the Standard visited.

Calls to the restaurant's number, advertised on signage outside, were not answered.

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- Manawatu Standard

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