Paula's offshoot outlet falls flat

TRACY NEAL
Last updated 15:30 08/04/2014
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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.

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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."

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