Paula's offshoot outlet falls flat

01:12, Apr 11 2014
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OPEN AND SHUT CASE: Edito co-owner Char Jack, background with sisters and business partners Paula Saengthian-Ngam, left and Jo Kilkelly at the opening of the new cafe in January.

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."