Bar and cafe rein­vented

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - RHYS CHAM­BER­LAIN

Af­ter six months, the Golden Gate Lodge’s mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar up­grade is al­most com­plete with the re­vamped cafe, bar and din­ing area set to open on Fri­day.

Five Stags Bar and Restau­rant and For­age In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre and Cafe will open for busi­ness as a fam­ily-friendly ‘‘des­ti­na­tion’’ com­plete with a new menu, a new beer se­lec­tion, free wifi, mo­bile phone charg­ing sta­tions and out­door chil­dren’s play ar­eas.

Re­branded as The Gate, the 30-year-old lodge has 100 guest beds and a con­fer­ence cen­tre and is sit­u­ated be­side State High­way 8.

Gen­eral man­ager Glen Chris­tiansen said the direc­tors knew a change was needed and they had done noth­ing half­heart­edly.

‘‘We had to rein­vent our­selves and I think we will...We want to have that noisy hus­tle and bus­tle of fam­i­lies. We’ve got a great beer se­lec­tion. I think peo­ple will be pleas­antly sur­prised.’’

Five Stags was a Lion Brew­eries con­cept sim­i­lar to a Speight’s Ale House and Chris­tiansen’s hope was that a mix­ture of old and new would en­cour­age peo­ple to stay for longer.

The new For­age cafe and in­for­ma­tion cen­tre was de­signed by lo­cal ar­chi­tect Jessie Suther­land and em­braced Cromwell’s sur­rounds and at­trac­tions on four large mon­i­tors as well as of­fer­ing coffee and cake.


Five Stags food and bev­er­age man­ager Ge­orge Tiko and bar man­ager Re­nee Paranihi.

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