Nelson catering firm Blinc spied the perfect premises to expand the business, and will opened a brand new cafe in Wakatu Square on Monday.
The cafe will operate from the building formerly occupied by the Strawberry Bakehouse, and is an extension of Blinc catering which has been operating in Nelson for four years, owner Lincoln Womersley said.
The Melbourne-born chef who trained in a variety of establishments in the Australian city, and his Kiwi wife Brigitta have developed a nostalgic theme for the new cafe based on "nana's house". The name of the business is a hybrid of their names, Brigitta and Lincoln. The cafe is complete with retro china plates and bone handled cutlery sourced from a number of second-hand shops around the country. Agee twist-top jars filled with milkshake lollies and k-bars line the cafe's walls.
"We've created nana's house - the nice one, and not the grumpy one who won't let you touch anything."
Mr Womersley said they would be creating restaurant quality lunches to take-away or dine in at the cafe that would be open from 8.30am to 3.30pm Monday to Friday.
The family-run business, helped by Mrs Womersley's sister and a sister-in-law, is the second strand of the longer-term goal to have the catering and cafe businesses work together.
The catering business will now operate from the back of the cafe in an area fitted out specially for the leased premises.
Mrs Womersley is from Wanaka and has a fine-dining cooking background. She has worked in five-star hotels around New Zealand and Australia.
The pair, who now have three children, met while working at the Ayers rock Resort.
Mr Womersley has worked in a number of places in Nelson, including the Anchor Restaurant at Port Nelson and the Sprig & Fern.
"Nelson diners as far as I've seen want value for money, but more are starting to see value is in the quality of the product."
- The Nelson Mail
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