Dux Dine opens in Riccarton
After 14 months of hard work, the doors to Dux Dine have officially opened.
The new dining arm of the Dux de Lux will offer breakfast, lunch and afternoon tapas in a courtyard setting.
Owner Richard Sinke said he was "thrilled" the restaurant opened at 12.30pm today.
"It's so good to have the Dux back in action in some form and it's come up really well," he said.
"We want to get everyone back in and create a really good atmosphere."
It had taken over a year to get Dux Dine, located at the old Riccarton stationmasters' house, to the stage where it could open.
"It shows how long the planning and consenting process takes," Sinke said.
"When I first looked at the place, I thought we could just throw in a few tables and a kitchen, but, of course, we refurbished the whole thing. The result is really fantastic. I'm very pleased."
Sinke said the eatery was "a reflection of the past but a move into the future, with a fresh, contemporary feeling and lots of great salads, baked goods, fresh local seafood, vegetarian delights, coffee, Dux craft beers and delicious New Zealand wines".
Although it would be open "late-ish", the bar would not be a "hard-core party venue", he said.
"It's focused more on the dining aspect of the Dux but is still a great place to hang out, meet friends and have a drink and some delicious food."
Manager Ross Herrick described Dux Dine as "not dissimilar to the Dux de Lux we all knew and loved, however different and new with a comfortably familiar feeling".
Some of Sinke's friends had trialled the menu in a private opening celebration last night.
"We put the kitchen through its paces and a bit of a celebration. It's a hard job but someone has to do it and it went fantastically," Sinke said.
He hoped Cantabrians would support the new eatery.
"We want to get the word out there and get the Dux going again."
* Dux Dine is located at 28 Riccarton Rd and is open from 7am Monday to Friday and from 9am on Saturday and Sunday.