Tamahere Village’s much anticipated new bar, restaurant and cafe is set to open in the first week of December.
Parry Takhar, managing director of The Social Group, which is behind the enterprise, said its aim was to create a premier, modern suburban gastro pub in the countryside.
The company, which has been in the hospitality business for around 20 years, has drawn on the origins of Tamahere in Maori legend for the names of its enterprises.
They will be The Boundary restaurant and bar, and wine shop, and the Forever Bound cafe.
Tamahere literally translated from Māori means a “bound boy”. And, as noted here on Tamahere Forum, behind those words lies the story of Mahinarangi and her husband, Turongo, the ancestors of the Kingitanga dynasty. Mahinarangi, to save her son Raukawa from drowning, tied or bound him to her back as she swam across the Waikato River, near where the Narrows Bridge at Tamahere now stands.
The Boundary, which will aim for a la carte, European-style fine dining, will have seating for 300 both in and outside, Takhar said. Bar food will also be available.
Forever Bound cafe, which will be open from morning until 3-4pm, will seat 120.
The company would be employing 20 to 25 staff, for which it would be advertising in the next few months, Takhar said.
As well as having an onsite dining liquor licence, the company intends applying for a licence that would allow it to sell beer, spirits as well as wine from The Boundary wine shop, processes that require community consultation.
Takhar said that The Social Group also operates the Queens Ferry Hotel and Cassette nightclub in Auckland’s CBD, while related companies own other hospitality businesses.
Inspiration for the name and look of the Tamahere businesses came from Jo Pennycuick, managing director of Christchurch-based Redesign Group.
A cafe wall would feature an explanation of the origins the name Tamahere, and hence the cafe and restaurant names, while another would depict the Waikato River in the local landscape.
The interior colours would also reflect the landscape and be in “family friendly” greens, blues and terracotta, Pennycuick said.
The Tamahere Village is being built and developed by the Fosters Group.