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A new Dunedin eatery in a re­stored historic build­ing


From the street out­side a Re­nais­sance re­vival build­ing in Dunedin where The Stan­dard Kitchen has set up shop, you can see through light we`lls to the stone-walled base­ment be­low. Home to a fish­mon­ger in the 1900s, fish was once car­ried down the holes for clean­ing and fil­let­ing. Hav­ing un­der­gone a sen­si­tive restora­tion to re­tain as much orig­i­nal de­tail as pos­si­ble, and a two-year process to re­in­state the ex­te­rior or­na­men­ta­tion alone, the her­itage build­ing is now home to the whole­foods café run by An­gela Bates and James Roberts, where ev­ery­thing is pre­pared from scratch, and her­itage fea­tures star along with the food.

Orig­i­nally de­signed by Ma­son & Wales, New Zealand’s old­est es­tab­lished ar­chi­tec­tural firm, and com­pleted in 1874, Bates says “the build­ing is quite in­cred­i­ble and we needed to fit in with that. We wanted a lived-in, homely feel­ing, noth­ing plas­tic. We wanted to ca­sual it down a bit.” As “big re­cy­clers”, they worked with the build­ing’s owner, Ted Daniels, to re­use orig­i­nal floor­boards that were un­suit­able for restora­tion into ta­bles, which are ac­com­pa­nied by chairs col­lected dur­ing the fi­nal year of the four-year restora­tion. It’s great to see a ven­er­a­ble old build­ing get­ting such fresh and lov­ing at­ten­tion.

STAN­DARD KITCHEN 201 Princes St, Dunedin 03 474 1188

Pho­tog­ra­phy by Guy Fred­er­ick. 01—The café fea­tures orig­i­nal de­tails, in­clud­ing the wall tiles. 02—Din­ers with a view onto Princes Street. 03—Some of the build­ing’s floor­boards were sal­vaged to make ta­bles, which are paired with sec­ond-hand chairs. 04—For­merly home to an in­sur­ance com­pany, fish­mon­ger, and then a Chi­nese res­tau­rant, a whole­foods café now takes pride of place in this her­itage build­ing.

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