Costas Taverna and Dux Dine open for business

20:48, Nov 15 2012
Dux Dine
Dux Dine, the latest reincarnation of much-missed Dux de Lux.

Ditch the dinner plans tonight, there are two more reasons to leave the house. Today, Costas Taverna and Dux Dine are open for business.

Costas Taverna, the Greek restaurant formerly on Victoria St, was often the pick when you had a group looking for a table or a penchant for pita. Now it's back, at a new premises that has the added bonus of an ouzo bar. Sounds like trouble.

Costas is not alone in its move to 478 Cranford St. Not only is it joining long established eateries Thai Temple and La Porchetta, but it's going to be rubbing shoulders with Chillingworth Road and Burgers and Beers, which is adding to its Sydenham branch.

Chillingworth Road is the new venture by award-winning chef Darren Wright, and is planning to open on November 20. More than a restaurant and bar, it is promising a cook school and kitchen shop, too, but all will be revealed in due course.

There's more excitement planned for Cranford St, with a collection of shops getting ready to open before the year is out. The corner of Cranford and Westminster streets will soon be home to newcomers Sugar Baby Cakery and Blanc Interior and Gifts, another Café Metro, Papa's Pizza and Waveline Hair Studio. What a cool corner. Who would have thought little ol' Cranford St would become such a destination?

The other news today is that the beautiful blue villa at 28 Riccarton Rd has put out the open sign and yes, you can go to Dux Dine tonight. Adding to Dux Live in Addington, the two ventures replace Dux de Lux while the red tape continues to shroud the aquatarian restaurant's future in uncertainty. Owner Richard Sinke says we won't be sipping Ginger Toms in the Arts Centre restaurant until 2015 at the earliest, but it could be much later, if at all.

One place doing its best to open this summer is the Tannery Boutique Retail and Arts Emporium in Woolston. Today marks its first day where you'll find retail shops on site, as while the historic tannery building undergoes a complete makeover, Toi Toi, Red Fish Blue Fish, Where The Fox Lives, Dead Set, Smith's Bookshop and Flock Design Boutique are operating pop-up shops on site. Now there are six new reasons for a visit to The Brewery.

With some big names going through consent processes as we speak, there are plenty of reasons to look forward to an exciting summer in Christchurch.