Browsers cafe to be demolished

Riccarton cafe to be demolished after 20 years

ABBIE NAPIER
Last updated 13:00 05/02/2014
Browsers cafe
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END OF STORY: Browsers Cafe, on Riccarton Rd, will shut its doors for good in May.

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A Riccarton institution, Browsers Cafe has been around for more than 20 years. Sadly, the cafe will be demolished in three months, with its last opening day being Mothers' Day. Owner Flick Holmes said she was sad to see the place go and would not be starting up another cafe. The landlord would be building something else in the space, details not known. "This is it," Holmes said. "Come and see us and enjoy it." The Backyard Bar would also be open onsite, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 4pm, with live music and a liquor license. Holmes said the feel was relaxed and welcoming, and she would love to see people stopping by to farewell the place. Browsers is open from 7.30am weekdays and 8.30am weekends.

DINNER AT EIGHT

New Regent St cafe Shop Eight is now offering a local market cuisine menu on weeknights. Chef and A Local Food Project founder Alex Davies will be the man behind the eats and is promising a fresh, locally inspired menu with plenty of flavour. On the weekend, Shop Eight will offer cheese, charcuterie and olives alongside a carefully selected range of Waipara wines. The cafe will remain open during the days from 8am on weekdays and from 9am on weekends. Pop along to check them out.

HIGH SPEED BURGERS

C1 Espresso's long-anticipated burgers in pneumatic tubes will be kicking off this month. The tubes whizz from kitchen to table in a clear pneumatic tube system similar to those seen in Ballantynes once upon a time. Find C1 Espresso on Facebook for more information and a glimpse of the system in action.

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That Mexican Guy has been so popular Volstead Trading Co is now hosting them seven nights a week to compliment their delicious range of craft beers. TMG offers up inauthentic Mexican food with enthusiasm and cheap prices. Find That Mexican Guy on Facebook. Volstead is open 4pm-11pm weekdays and midday-11pm weekends.

V-DAY CAKES

Cakes by Anna has a special Valentines Day menu lined up for all the lovers, and the lonelies, out there. Order a bleeding heart raspberry rose cake or a flourless chocolate cake for one. Cakes can delivered for a fee. Orders by 7pm February 11. Check out some cake porn at byanna.co.nz/blog, email orders to pleasemakemeacake@gmail.com.

MORE BURGERS

Cook Bros have opened their latest venture in Christchurch. Velvet Burger, on the corner of Rotherham St and Riccarton Rd, opened on Tuesday to cater to the student market. The chain offers gourmet burgers and will be some competition for recently opened Burger Fuel in nearby Bush Inn. Check out Velvet Burger on Facebook. If you're over burgers, why not take a trip down memory lane and stop by McDonalds for a classic Georgie Pie, available now.

SUMMER FAREWELL

The Pallet Pavilion will be gone in April and Gap Filler has decided to wish the structure goodbye with a Summer Feast. On February 22, the pavilion will host a shared three-course meal prepared by chefs Alex Davies and Aliesha McGilligan. Local produce is the focus and bringing the community together is the aim. Cassels and Sons Brewery will supply the beer and Judge Rock have donated the wine. The whole meal costs $50 per person and an auction will be held during the event to raise money for future Gap Filler projects. Get your tickets from dashtickets.co.nz, everyone welcome.

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The NZ Wine App is out now and will help wine lovers to access tasting information by scanning the bottle's barcode. The app allows instant information for those wanting to know the real deal. The app includes a popular wines page, a search function and a specials page where wine producers and retailers can offer bargains. Creator Alex Harper said the app would help everyday wine drinkers pick the perfect wine. See nzwineapp.co.nz.

- The Press

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