Bar, restaurant to open in Victoria St

ABBIE NAPIER FOR ZEST
Last updated 12:23 03/07/2013
Mark Sycamore
COMING SOON: Mark Sycamore will head up the Latin-themed menu at Tequila Mockingbird.

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NO KIDDING

Fancy meatballs and a cold pint? Morrell & Co should be on your list for after-work drinks or dinner with the mates. Started up by Alistair Hunt and Tex Walls, (Joe's Garage, Riccarton) it has what is needed for a good night out without the pretensions. It's all about industrial - high ceilings, exposed beams and a sectioned-off restaurant complementing the huge, pumping bar. Sport is on screen, but that's not the main focus - there's plenty of scope here for a nice night out. While the offbeat food focus is meatballs, they also offer fish and other meat dinner options. Open Mon-Sun 11am- 1am. 280 Lincoln Rd.

GREAT NAME GUYS

Behind a set of elaborate wrought iron doors, a gem in Victoria St opens soon. Tequila Mockingbird is on plan to open early August. Revival Bar owners Sam Heaps and Brett Giddens have employed Wakatipu Lodge's Norman Engel to manage the project, and head chef Mark Sycamore (formerly of Kitchen in Auckland and previously of Blanket Bay, Glenorchy) to put together a Latin American menu. Styled on a Cuban bodega, the restaurant will serve "simple street food", blending local produce with Latin flavours. This bar and restaurant can only add to the nightlife hub being developed down Victoria St.

A PUBLIC PLACE

Jonny Schwass is at it again. After a series of post-quake ventures, he is now setting up a flagship restaurant and bar on the corner of Salisbury and Victoria Sts. Harlequin Public House is veiled in secrecy at the moment, but is due to open soon. The renovation of a grand old Victorian homestead has inspired Schwass to focus on a European (French-Italian) menu and a 1920s-inspired cocktail bar. Head chef Jason Burney (ex-Holy Smoke) will run the kitchen, but Schwass says the menu is very much his baby. This is still a construction zone, but check in with Zest for a confirmed opening date.

BUMP AND GRIND

Savoy Brown's Kate Vincent Moore has rescued her coffee machine from the rubble of her High St cafe and moved into The Archive, a collective building currently housing Galaxy Records, Darkroom bar and RDU. Bump and Grind is set up in a small corner of Galaxy.

Mon-Fri 7-4pm, 336 St Asaph St (inside The Archive).

MEXICAN FOOD TRUCK

Volstead has already cornered the market on cool. But with food options for the hungry drinker seriously lacking, the latest addition is a great one. That Mexican Guy is part of the food truck craze slowly seeping into post-quake Christchurch. With restaurant space at an absolute premium, mobile operations are doing the city a real service.

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That Mexican Guy, started by rebuild engineer Guy Butterfield, is a Thursday night special at Volstead (5.30-9pm), serving up tasty "enthusiastically unauthentic" Mexican food to bar-goers.

Expect everything from tacos to quesadillas and the crowd favourite, $12 burritos. Volstead, 55 Riccarton Rd, behind Anytime Fitness.

LEARNING ITALIAN

New name on the hospitality list Passengers and Co cafe, (Mon- Fri 7am-on) is now hosting Italian cooking classes - tiramisu, handmade pizza, and gnocchi. Call 348 6190 or email info@tasteevents.co.nz for latest class times and details. The cafe is also open Wednesday to Friday nights for pizza, drinks, and light dinner menu. 92 Russley Rd (behind Smith and Smith glass).

MORE FOR THE COLOMBO

Current Colombo St tenant Underground Coffee has been struggling to keep up with demand, so is now operating an open-plan coffee bar just outside Spotlight inside the mall. The new spot is a trial at this stage, but a long-term lease of the space is on the cards.

PLEASE NOTE: The dates for the inclusion of the Cloudy Bay pinot noir and matching duck dish at JDV, Pescatore, King of Snake and The Monday Room are July 3 (today) to July 31.

- The Press

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