Stranges Lane opens in central city
Stranges Lane and its three new restaurants opened early this morning without a hitch - despite hail on the tables.
Strange and Co, Lower 9th Diner and Orleans are all owned by the Britomart Hospitality Group from Auckland, and all opened together today.
The three venues cluster around a central outdoor space at the corner of High and Lichfield streets, reminiscent of the old Poplar Lane.
Operations manager Tom Newfield said he was determined to open today regardless of the weather.
Newfield said Orleans had been full today with people checking out the new area and he was expecting a big night despite the chilly weather.
The central courtyard area was already equipped with more than 20 gas heaters and sheltered from the wind on all sides.
From now on, Lower 9th Diner would be open from 7am for coffee and waffles, Orleans for lunch and dinner from 11am, and Strange and Co from 4pm.