New Riverhead eateries to 'show off' the local produce
A local couple has snapped up a site for three new eateries in Riverhead.
Ange and Dan Housley will open a cafe, restaurant and fish and chip shop in a 350 square-metre site at Riverhead Central, 1047 Coatesville-Riverhead Highway.
The choice of businesses was decided on from listening to what the community wanted and personal experiences.
The couple decided to open the fish and chip shop, The Chippy, from knowing people had to drive to Kumeu if they wanted takeaways.
"We wanted to provide something that we thought we needed as well as everyone else around here," Ange Housley said.
The cafe, Harvest, and the restaurant, Forester, were decided on as the couple had experience with these types of businesses.
The Chippy and Harvest had a "taster" opening on the weekend of July 15-16.
"It went really well," Housley said.
"Sunday was really busy. Lots of people coming in for coffee and breakfast. Everyone seemed to have really nice feedback," she said of the cafe.
The Chippy sold out of food on the Sunday night.
Although still wanting to keep within the reach of families, The Chippy would be more "upmarket" than an average fish and chip shop, Housley said.
She said it would serve fish tacos, chips would be prepared on-site and nothing would be frozen.
"Everything is really fresh and good quality," the mother of three said.
Housley said Harvest would provide seasonal foods. Forester would have a bar, wood-fired pizza oven and family meals.
Food for the eateries would be sourced locally if possible, she said.
Cheese would come from a shop in Dairy Flat, free-ranged eggs from Waitoki and fruits from local orchards.
"I just think it's a great little community and we need to show it off," the Riverhead resident said.
Housley said the new businesses were more than three years in the making.
"When it was just a plot of land, Dan spent about six months tracking down the owner who was just sitting on the land, not planning to do much with it," she said.
"As soon as Dan got some interest in it, [the owner] said he would start the ball rolling and start developing it."
Riverhead Central would also house a liquor store.
Housley said a Chinese takeaway and convenience store were also planned for the other sites.