Watch the world go by in Sumner
NIGHTS AT JOE'S
There's a new nightlife player out in Sumner now that Joe's Garage is opening in the evenings. The move has meant renovating the front courtyard to include some cover from the weather, a huge outdoor fire and heaters, and some more bar-appropriate furniture. Now you can have a pint and watch the world go by. The evening menu, running Wednesday to Sunday, is all about pizza (thin bases, of course) including some Joe's staples like spicy bratwurst and harissa chicken. Owner Anton Matthews is promising fresh ingredients and some quality eats. They're also doing their famous fries with gravy. Yum. Don't forget the craft beer! Joe's evening menu starts at 4pm.
WELCOME TO WOOLSTON
There's a new name in town with Claude's Kitchen opening at 390 Ferry Rd. The new endeavour is where the old Catering Belle once was (some of you may know it). Claude's is owned by Tom Yee and Paul Middleton. They're familiar names from Bunrunners on Fitzgerald Ave - Tom was in the kitchen and Paul was known for his coffee. The pair have moved on and teamed up. Claude's is all about homemade cabinet food, sweets, slices and pies and a full breakfast menu. Open weekdays 6am to 4pm and Saturdays 8.30am to 3pm. Check them out on Facebook or stop by for a coffee and a chat.
It's finally happened! Procope is back. Well, of course it has been "back" at the new location on Fendalton Rd for a while now. But it's properly back on Victoria St, in the same little brown house we still remember. Procope is now operating two cafes with the same ethos. Victoria St, however, has been ramped up. The whole building has been strengthened and renovated and the upstairs space is now in use as well (a free meeting room and extra cafe seating). Downstairs, it's the familiar Procope but with a new floor, a fabulous new layout and some glam wallpaper. For those with a pre-quake Procope love, Darrell Piper the barista is also back. Owner Jason Harris says the menu is familiar but has been updated and a separate lunch menu is on offer. There's also a liquor licence (but it's not a bar) so head down for late-afternoon drinks or a glass of something with lunch. Check the new Procope out at 165 Victoria St.
ALL ABOUT CAKE
Riccarton Rd has just become a little bit sweeter. Next to Soyo (cnr Rotherham St and Riccarton Rd) a little shop called Piece Of Cake has popped up. It's pink and it's all about sugar. Piece Of Cake is serving hot and cold drinks, cupcakes, cakes, sweet treats and desserts. It's open 8.30am to 6pm every day, giving you plenty of opportunity to stop in for a taste (or a last-minute birthday cake?). Rumour has it they do a mean milkshake. Perhaps drop into Velvet Burger for lunch and Piece Of Cake for dessert. Check them out on Facebook or at 111A Riccarton Rd.
The Auricle Sonic Arts Gallery on New Regent St has finally opened its Wine and Sound Bar, believed to be the first like it in the world. Every month, the wine list is curated to match the exhibition visitors are listening to while enjoying the space. The month's exhibition is No Mean City by Bruce Russell. The bar is open during gallery hours. The whole venue is run by artists and is a charitable organisation, re- investing bar takings into the running of the gallery. See auricle.org.nz for more details and changing exhibits.