'Good cocktails, done well' promised by new bar owner

New Plymouth bar owner Mark Louis and a business partner have bought what used to be Montrose with plans to open a wine, craft beer and cocktail bar by mid-January.
New Plymouth bar owner Mark Louis and a business partner have bought what used to be Montrose with plans to open a wine, craft beer and cocktail bar by mid-January.

A new boutique bar is opening in New Plymouth where another has just closed.

Bar owner Mark Louis and a business partner have bought the red two-storey building which used to house Montrose on Liardet St.

Montrose wine bar, which operated for about four years, closed down a month ago.

Louis, who co-owns Club 55 and Our Place, said he would be collaborating with another business to open a new cocktail bar in one half of the building.

The second half of the ground floor would be tenanted by a florist, he said.

The top floor - a four bedroom apartment and business space - is already tenanted, he said.

The currently nameless bar should be up and running by mid-January, he said.

It would focus on supplying craft beer, fine wine and "a good, classic cocktail list done really well".

Louis said he liked the location of the building and the fact that it could be multi-tenanted.

The new bar would target a different market to that of Our Place and Club 55, he said.

It would cater for a slightly older market looking for a more personal hospitality experience.

"It's my preferred market to deal with," Louis said.

Louis used to co-own the New Plymouth cocktail bar The Powder Room.

After The Powder Room closed he wanted to get back into running a cocktail bar, Louis said.

Taranaki Daily News