Owner proud of new Diner
There are very few Matamata residents who haven’t heard of Syd Workman. The owner of Workman’s Cafe and Bar has taken his place as one of Matamata’s finest and is now embarking on his latest adventure. Katrina Lintonbon sat down with Mr Workman at his new
Syd Workman’s infectious. When you get the opportunity to sit down and chat with him you can’t help but feel inspired.
This is a man who throws everything into what he does. It’s all or nothing for Mr Workman.
When he purchased Workman’s Cafe and Bar he gave himself three years in Matamata.
That three years has turned into 17 and now there is no other place that Mr Workman would rather call home than Matamata.
‘‘I was never any good at staying in one place for too long, until I arrived in Matamata,’’ he said.
‘‘I fell in love with the town and the people.’’
Now Mr Workman is embarking on his latest business venture – the Diner in Waharoa.
Some years ago when Mr Workman was living in Waharoa he saw a need for something he believed the little village lacked.
Mr Workman said Waharoa is
is going places and the Diner would pick up business from the passing traffic.
‘‘It’s an alternative to what’s in town. The concept is completely different to Workman’s,’’ he said.
‘‘I’ve always had a soft spot for Waharoa. I was always watching and knew what I was going to do when the opportunity arose for me.’’
The building that the Diner is in had been vacant for some time before Mr Workman snapped it up.
The part of the building that he is most proud of is the toilets or ‘‘dunnies’’, as he likes to call them.
‘‘I’m very, very proud of my dunnies – for a start they are big and they are clean. You couldn’t ask for any more really.
‘‘I’m always telling people to go and have a look.’’
Mr Workman said he has many people he wishes to thank including his team at the Diner.
‘‘I want the girls to know how much they are appreciated. They all do an amazing job.’’
‘‘Bill Mikkelson, Paul Jones and his team, and Jason and his boys from PlumbCo also helped me immensely,’’ he said.
Mr Workman said he never set a date for the grand opening of the Diner, it just happened.
‘‘ We opened when we ready to open,’’ he said.
Born and raised in Te Aroha and educated in Morrinsville, Tahuna and Auckland, Mr Workman has described his life as somewhat transient.
He has owned businesses in Auckland, Putaruru and has lived and worked overseas in including Australia and Europe.
Mr Workman has also tried his hand at a number of different things including construction,
were dairy farming and long-haul truck driving.
‘‘I’ve done a bit of this and a bit of that,’’ he said.
But now, with two successful businesses and family and people in his life who mean the world to him, Mr Workman has found his ‘‘happy place’’.
‘‘ At the moment I’m a very happy and contented human being. It’s not about the things you have. It’s all about the people,’’ he said.
Top team: Syd Workman (middle) with the Diner team of Lisa (first left), Suzy, Angie and Paula.
Open for business: Syd Workman enjoys a coffee at the Diner in Waharoa.