Paris theme for new walkway eatery

MATT RILKOFF
Last updated 05:00 16/12/2013
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ANDY JACKSON
Petit Paris cafe owners Fred and Kate Laude with their girls Margaux, 6, and Amelia, 3, in the spot of their future second cafe.

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The owners of one of New Plymouth's most successful cafes will soon open another branch on the city's Coastal Walkway.

Fred and Kate Laude, who operate Petit Paris, have signed a three-year agreement with the New Plymouth District Council to run a mobile food and beverage business at the East End Reserve.

To be called Paris Plage, or Paris Beach, the pair plan to open in mid-January and offer food and drink similar to that served at their Currie St cafe.

"We want it to be very community-orientated and kiddy friendly because there is a big lack of kiddy friendly areas in New Plymouth," Mr Laude said.

"And we want to have games and things to do like swing ball. After all, if the kids are happy, the parents are happy," Mrs Laude said.

The couple have two children, Margaux, 6 and Amelia, 3, who yesterday appeared quite enthusiastic about the planned location of their parent's new business.

A little late to start operating this year, Mr Laude said that the couple planned to open rain or shine from 8am to 9pm, every day between October and May.

Made out of a shipping container the cafe will be a semi-permanent operation and patrons will have their choice of beanbags or butterfly seats to sit on.

The awarding of the location to the Laudes' comes 10 weeks after lease negotiations with the former occupier of the site spectacularly broke down.

Michael Welsh had operated his Big Wave Cafe at the busy walkway spot since 2008 and his highly-polished stainless steel caravan had become a widely-recognised landmark.

For the past three years Mr Welsh paid the council approximately $13,000 a year to use the site, which equated to about 4 per cent plus GST of his declared turnover.

Mr Welsh maintained 2 to 3 per cent would be fairer however he refused to let the council study his accounts to see if the lease request was justified and so the council called for tenders for a new operator at the spot.

Mr Welsh could not be contacted for comment yesterday.

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