Old site, new bar
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.
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