Paula's offshoot outlet falls flat
The Paula's Plate offshoot opened in Vanguard St in January is to close.
The doors will shut on Paula's Plate at Edito later this week - a decision driven by what the head of furniture import business Edito said was growth in his business, and the results of what was a three-month trial on the premises.
MasterChef runner-up Paula Saengthian-Ngam and her sister and business partner, Jo Kilkelly, set up the "grab-and-go" offshoot of Paula's Plate in January, after they were invited to consider the option by Edito owners Paul and Char Jack.
The respective businesses felt each was a complementary fit after the space was left vacant by the shift of Mexican eatery Nicola's Cantina to central Nelson.
Saengthian-Ngam said the "pop-up" version of Paula's Plate was a trial, simply to see how it was going to go.
She said it was hard to say if extensive roadworks on Vanguard St over the past month had been a factor.
Paul Jack said expansion of the furniture business meant it needed the space in the front of the building where the cafe had been, but it was possible a cafe would operate from the site over the summer months.
He said Edito had expanded to open stores in Queenstown and also Auckland.
Saengthian-Ngam said the focus now would be on developing Paula's Plate in town, which would soon be open in the evenings. "We plan to make it a cosy place to have dinner, and we're also planning food demonstrations and functions."