Momento Espresso has started a war against its coffee-making neighbours.
The cafe on the corner of Hood and Victoria streets displayed a chalkboard on their pavement which had two arrows - one pointing to Momento cafe labelled 'Coffee' and one pointing down Hood St labelled 'No Coffee'.
Hood St cafes were steaming mad about the sign that led the thousands of tourists in town over the weekend to believe there was no coffee down the street.
Coffee and Food Establishment owner Todd Lawrence said it was misleading and a bit of a stab in the back
"We've always been helpful to everyone, you know. You stretch your hand out to help and then this. I just expected a little bit more camaraderie amongst us little guys I guess."
Momento owner Craig Paul said the sign was designed to point at the street, meaning there is no coffee on the street, but there is coffee inside the cafe and there was no intention to annoy other cafes.
He said the sign had been misinterpreted and his neighbours were taking it too seriously.
"They're being a little bit precious," he said.
Them's fighting words.
Victoria Street Bistro has yet another accolade to add to their wall of fame - the restaurant has just scooped a top three spot in the Monteiths Wild Food Challenge.
It is the third year in a row the venue has made the final, adding to the twin triumphs of New Zealand's Best Regional Restaurant and a Chef's Hat, awarded earlier this year at the Cuisine Good Food Awards.
The award winning dish, Garden of Meat Eatin, featured kiwi inspired delicacies Flaxseed crusted veal sweetbreads, house-cured Pōhutukawa smoked wild bacon, earth cooked potato, red quinoa, horopito and cauliflower purée and toasted bee pollen.
Sounds too good to eat!
Italian restaurant chain Portofino will open in Hamilton on Wednesday, September 18, on Victoria St, while Chim Choo Ree plans to open in the old Waikato Draught building on Bridge St by October 1.
Meanwhile the fitout of the new Columbus coffee shop on the corner of Victoria and London streets has begun.
A VOTE FOR THE ARTS?
Talk of the Tron will be donning their flak jacket next week and heading along to Creative Waikato's panel discussion with Hamilton City Council candidates on, you guessed it, the arts.
No doubt the big topic of dicussion will be the recent brouhaha on the Parekowhai sculpture proposed by the city's philanthropic arts trust, Mesh.
The sculpture was voted down 6-5 by the current councillors at committee stage, although quite a few who voted no - Mayor Hardaker and Cr Angela O'Leary among them - have since announced their intention to vote 'yes'.
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