Covid slows restaurant liquor licence


Covid-19 pressures on key players have slowed the liquor licence applications for the new restaurant, bar and bottle store in central Tamahere.

Due to Covid-19 the police and Ministry of Health have extended time frames to report on alcohol applications, Waikato District Council official Christine Cunningham told Tamahere Forum.

“As of today [January 15] they have not submitted their reports to us which we require before the inspector’s report can be finalised,” said Cunningham, WDC Community Safety Support Team Leader.

“Once the inspector’s reports are finished the applications will be submitted to the District Licensing Committee for consideration.”

No date has been set for the licensing committee to sit.

The Social Group, the Auckland-based company behind The Boundary Restaurant and bar, a bottle shop, and the Forever Bound cafe, applied for two liquor licences on November 3 last year. In mid-2020, the company proposed to have the enterprises, on the corner of Devine Rd and Wiremu Tamihana Dr, open by early December.

The applications are for the restaurant and bar to operate seven days a week from 8am to 10pm, and the bottle store to be open seven days a week 9am to 10pm.

There had been three objections to the applications, said Social Group operations manager Ruby Kaur.

An artists impression of The Boundary bar

The Four Square, a few doors away, already includes a bottle store.

Kaur said the company was now hoping to open its doors in mid-February.

Last year, Social Group managing director Parry Takhar said the company’s 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, also operates the Queens Ferry Hotel and Cassette nightclub in Auckland’s CBD, while related companies own other hospitality businesses.

It has drawn on the origins of Tamahere in Maori legend for the names of its businesses.

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.

An artists’ impression of Forever Bound cafe with a Waikato River mural

5 thoughts on “Covid slows restaurant liquor licence

  • February 12, 2021 at 10:07 am

    No thank you, on the bottle store. Hillcrest is 5 min away, our community doesn’t need that here.

  • February 11, 2021 at 3:28 pm

    We are moving into the Tamahere Country Club, and have begun visiting the area, thoroughly enjoying getting to know the Region. We are surprised that such a large restuarant is planning, and we agree with Dr Graeme Woodfield that there is no need for more access to purchase alcohol. We agree with Dr Woodfield that a pleasant restuarant for the area would be very pleasant indeed, even a bar with two levels of menu available to more.

  • January 21, 2021 at 1:16 pm

    To make it clear, I am not opposed to a restaurant in Tamahere , but certainly to a bottle shop and bar for up to 300 people.

  • January 21, 2021 at 10:38 am

    This gastropub will be a long-anticipated addition to the community. Really looking forward to it opening and having a proper ‘Public House’ for all members of the Tamahere Community to meet and socialise.

  • January 21, 2021 at 10:31 am

    WE CERTAINLY DO NOT NEED A PUB SEATING 120 PEOPLE IN A quiet community such as Tamahere. If people wish to drink,THEY SHOULD imbibe at home. We must oppose the application in any way we can. There is a big enough problem with hoons on Airport road, without attracting more into the area.
    There are no health advantages in increasing alcohol availability in Tamahere


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