Ah September, you bring us spring, sun and thunderstorms, and now, you promise to bring us so many new things to do in our city.
Today, St Martins New World opened its door. It's a huge event for locals, who have been desperately pining for their lost supermarket. I wonder if people have been trying new things in the mean time, like Countdown's online shopping. It's quite a good system, even if all you want to do is have someone else pack it and have it ready for you to pick up.
In another suburb coup, the site of The Good Life Café and Market is taking on a Christchurch newcomer. As of September 26, 153 Somerfield St will be Cortado, a restaurant, bar and café, heralding from Picton. It brings "European continental cuisine" to the corner and increases the options for a few quiets in Beckenham.
Another opening this month to celebrate is that of the St Asaph St Kitchen and Stray Dog Bar. Le Café owner James Jameson is one of the key players in this new venture, setting up at 236 St Asaph St. It will offer breakfast, lunch and dinner, and a pew for all those wishing to have a pint or two. Definitely looking forward to hearing more details of the menu and concept. Any day now...
The first hotel to reopen in the city centre post-quakes is having a grand soiree with dignitaries to boot, on September 27. The Christchurch Ibis, at 107 Hereford St, received minor damage but has renovated all of its rooms and public areas, and added more structural strengthening just to be sure. With it back on track, we have another restaurant to visit - Oopen Pasta & Grill. No, that's not a spelling mistake, the Oopen restaurants seem to be attached to all Ibis's, which does make you wonder if the mistake was so big it could not be corrected.
If you're more interested in food for the soul, you will be counting the days until Alice Cinematheque shows its first arthouse film. You don't have long to wait, either, with the opening set for September 20. An extension of Alice in Videoland, the place sure to have old movies of your childhood on DVD, Alice Cinematheque joins the busy building on the corner of Tuam and High streets.
One of the first films to be shown in the 38-seat cinema is Bernie, which was shown at the New Zealand International Film Festival and stars the hilarious Jack Black.
Markets continue to add to the weekend fun, and there's a new one bringing people into the CBD on Sundays. Les Mills Sunday Market sets up at 211 Cashel St and boasts an array of food as well as crafts, all from local producers.
Still waiting in the wings is the cocktail lounge, beer garden and more, promised by the Cassels team who have already successfully made an impression on Christchurch with The Brewery and the CBD Bar on Madras St. Keep your eye on The Tannery, too, because huge things are happening there. In fact, Avenues will have the full tentant list in the October issue, out this Thursday.
Best be off to make a reservation for two, somewhere new.
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