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.
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.