Burgers and Beers opens second restaurant

TAMLYN STEWART
Last updated 09:32 21/11/2012
Burgers and Beer Vanessa Knowles and Andrew Brown
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EXPANDING: Burgers and Beer manager Vanessa Knowles with co-owner Andrew Brown in the Cranford St restaurant.

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Gourmet burger restaurant Burgers and Beers will mark the opening of a second Christchurch restaurant with a parade.

Organisers say they want to celebrate their expansion with a parade from Papanui to the new Cranford St restaurant before it opens at 11am.

The business first opened in High St in September 2009, but its building was damaged in the September 2010 quake and the business was closed for about a year.

It reopened on Colombo St in Sydenham more than a year ago and that restaurant had been ''super busy'' with queues out the door in the evenings.

Its success had prompted Andrew Brown, who is also executive chef at the George Hotel, and business partner Tama Haas to decide to open a second restaurant at 478 Cranford St, near Main North Rd.

''It was pretty much always on the cards. I guess the success of Colombo St was a lot of the motivation for us as well.''

Christchurch was a city of two halves at the moment, Brown said.

''We've had a lot of demand ... We had people from north Canterbury going we love what you do but we wish you were on this side of town.''

Brown had considered the Cranford St area for several months and when he saw other hospitality businesses moving in to the area it seemed the right thing to do. The site had a lot of car parks and was a busy road.

''It seemed logical.''

The second restaurant has effectively doubled the size of the business, which has hired 10 new staff for the second restaurant in addition to the 10 it already has at Colombo St.

''The opportunity is there because there's just a lack of good places but we've found a market with gourmet burgers and local craft beers.''

''I've been in fine dining for 20-odd years and as much as there's a market for that, the middle market is happening a lot more now,'' Brown said.

''We try and strip out all the formality and we like to have a little bit of fun.

''There's no pretence, we just put your burgers in a bag.''

The Cranford St restaurant will host an opening function for friends, family and suppliers today and will open to the public from 11am tomorrow.

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