Bar, restau­rant ex­plodes onto mar­ket

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - PROP­ERTY

‘‘An­other his­tor­i­cal fea­ture of the build­ing is the Dy­na­mite Bar, a con­crete-en­closed "tomb" with re­in­forced doors.’’

A bar and restau­rant com­plex which was orig­i­nally used for ad­min­is­tra­tion and stor­age fa­cil­i­ties dur­ing the con­struc­tion of the Kara­piro Power Sta­tion and dam has been placed on the mar­ket for sale or lease via ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est.

The prop­erty at 401 Ariki St, Kara­piro, is just a few hun­dred me­tres from the dam and lake. In pre­vi­ous years the prop­erty housed the Power House cafe´, restau­rant, bar and con­fer­ence cen­tre.

Now the 716 square me­tre food and bev­er­age premises sit­ting on some 1,131 square me­tres of flat land has been placed on the mar­ket for sale or lease through Bay­leys Waikato, with ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est clos­ing at 4pm on Oc­to­ber 19.

The main cafe´ floor area is 496.5 square me­tres, with some 75 me­tres of ad­di­tional front deck seat­ing of­fer­ing an un­in­ter­rupted view of the lake and the Maun­gat­u­atari Moun­tain in the back­drop.

The din­ing area fea­tures high stud, ex­posed beams sup­port­ing wood roof trusses, and pol­ished wooden floors, while a smaller lounge bar room con­tains an area for plush leather style seat­ing and couches fac­ing onto a large alpine stone gas fire­place sur­round and its own pri­vate bar with stool seat­ing.

When op­er­at­ing, the venue had been con­sented to serve 80 din­ers. It also has an ad­join­ing room pro­vid­ing seat­ing for 50 con­fer­ences guests, wed­dings and birth­day and an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions to name but a few. This room fea­tures a screen and pro­jec­tor fa­cil­i­ties.

The prop­erty also comes with an up­stairs self-con­tained 95 square me­tre two-bed­room owner/man­agers flat. The cafe´ and restau­rant are ser­viced by men’s and women’s toi­lets, in­clud­ing a wheel­chair-ac­ces­si­ble amenity.

An­other his­tor­i­cal fea­ture of the build­ing is the Dy­na­mite Bar, a con­crete-en­closed ‘‘tomb’’ with re­in­forced doors. It was used to house ex­plo­sives for the con­struc­tion of the dam. Also houses a large Chubb re­in­forced safe where the det­o­na­tors and fuses were stored.

Bay­leys Waikato sales­per­son Blair Hutch­e­son said the food and bev­er­age venue had op­er­ated since 2008 un­der the present own- er­ship - most re­cently as the Wil­liam’s cafe´ and restau­rant and gift shop trad­ing seven days a week.

‘‘That leased food and bev­er­age busi­ness ceased op­er­at­ing re­cently, so all fit­tings and chat­tels are be­ing sold on an ‘as iswhere is’ ba­sis – al­though they were all func­tion­ing when last used. There is no good-will value at­tached to the busi­ness, and no cur­rent liquor li­cense,’’ Hutch­e­son said.

Out back, Hutch­e­son said the com­mer­cial-grade stain­less steel kitchen fea­tured a 7.5 square me­tre walk-in chiller unit with shelv­ing, a combi’ oven, hot plate sec­tion, large oven, over­head grillers, and deep fryer – all un­der a full length stain­less steel ex­trac­tion canopy hood with fans.

Waipa Dis­trict Coun­cil has been in­stru­men­tal in in­creas­ing the num­ber of sport­ing events tak­ing place on Lake Kara­piro, strate­gi­cally ex­tend­ing the length of in­di­vid­ual com­pe­ti­tions so that both com­peti­tors and spec­ta­tors stayed longer in the re­gion. The coun­cil has seen rev­enues grow from both pow­ered and non­pow­ered camp­ing sites ad­ja­cent to the Lake Kara­piro Do­main.

Waipa Dis­trict coun­cil­lor and Lake Kara­piro Mighty River Do­main man­ager Liz Stol­wyk said she want­edto see longer events be­ing staged on the lake as that ben­e­fits ev­ery­one - from the ac­com­mo­da­tion provider, to eater­ies, and re­tail­ers.

BAY­LEYS

A bar and restau­rant com­plex which was orig­i­nally used for ad­min­is­tra­tion and stor­age fa­cil­i­ties dur­ing the con­struc­tion of the im­pos­ing Kara­piro Power Sta­tion and dam has been placed on the mar­ket for sale or lease.

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