Restaurant makes super-size return

ADAM ROBERTS
Last updated 13:01 22/08/2013
 La Gourmandise
NEW LOOK: La Gourmandise has expanded in size, and has a wider range of menu options.

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After a nine-week closure, French restaurant and creperie La Gourmandise has reopened with a larger dining room, expanded hours, new dishes and twice as many staff.

The Hardy St restaurant was closed over June and July as the owners expanded into the next-door property, previously occupied by designer Emma Manhart's retail store.

Ms Manhart had the store for six years, but closed it in March to take a break from fashion.

La Gourmandise owner Mylene Auphan said it was exciting to be open again, and their regular customers were happy to be back.

The restaurant held a small opening event on Tuesday night, and officially opened for business yesterday.

Mrs Auphan said the menu had a wider range of dishes and would change with the seasons, and would include traditional French dishes made from local produce.

The new-look restaurant has more space for tables, and to cater for more people the number of staff has been doubled to eight.

"It's a young team so it's energetic, quick, friendly and cosy."

The restaurant will now be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day, except Sunday evening and Monday. It will also open earlier, at 9am.

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- The Nelson Mail

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