Old site, new bar

Last updated 07:25 26/03/2014
Yard Bar
Derek Flynn
The Yard Bar opens on Maxwell Rd in Blenheim this Friday

Relevant offers

Business

Merino farmers find success in hard times Blenheim residents oppose proposed vineyard worker accommodation Seddon and Ward business owners back proposed Coastal Pacific Trail Mayors call on Prime Minister to consider 'Coastal Pacific Trail' between Marlborough and Christchurch Clarence River Rafting makes most of post-earthquake changes to Clarence River Marlborough house prices continue to rise, setting new record high for January Vineyard land and forestry plantations attract foreign buyers in Marlborough November quake sees Blenheim wool franchise change hands Thieves and poachers plague NZ farmers but rural crime unreported - Fed Farmers South Island good for wine, not dairy, Master of Wine says

Joe and Diana Johnstone, former owners of Figaro's Cafe and current owners of The Depot Cafe, have negotiated to take over the lease of The Secret Garden premises, in Maxwell Rd, Blenheim, and are re-naming it, with the plan to re-open on Friday.

Building owner Neil Charles-Jones confirmed the lease yesterday.

He said Mr Johnstone was "a great operator".

Mr Charles-Jones said he was delighted that the venue would reopen for business shortly.

"Joe has a faithful following in Blenheim and, combined with a great venue, that is an exciting recipe for success."

Mr Johnstone was unavailable for comment yesterday, but it is understood the building and its gardens have had a makeover in preparation for Friday's re-opening.

The Yard Bar and Bistro was expected to open from 5pm on Friday, with a complimentary drink on arrival and free pizzas and antipasto plates through the night.

Blenheim-band Frenzy are expected to perform live from 6.30pm.

The Secret Garden closed in July last year, and winery Mud House had earlier moved its head office from upstairs in the building to its winery premises in the Riverlands industrial estate.

Ad Feedback

- The Marlborough Express

Comments

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content