His­toric restau­rant ‘Old Mac’s’ re-opens

South Taranaki Star - - GARDENING - JANE MATTHEWS

The thought of bring­ing a clas­sic restau­rant back to life has drawn in a set of staff.

Old Mac’s Bar and Bistro, lo­cated in­side the White Heart Ho­tel in Ha¯ wera, has re­cently re­opened with a set of fresh faces and a fresh menu.

Man­ager Lovedeep Singh, said he had been in town for a few months and was told good things about the restau­rant.

‘‘We’d been hear­ing a lot from peo­ple, es­pe­cially reg­u­lars - ob­vi­ously the place had got a very good name in the past,’’ Singh said. ’’The pre­vi­ous own­ers shut the place so we were quite ex­cited to bring it back.’’

Singh said the his­tory of the restau­rant in­ter­ested him, as well as the fact it is based in a her­itage build­ing.

Head chef Hay­den Erueti found him­self join­ing the crew be­cause he too wanted to bring the his­toric restau­rant back.

‘‘I had left Colonel Malone’s - I was there for five years,’’ he said. ‘‘I took a lit­tle break and I had sev­eral job op­por­tu­ni­ties. But I wanted to take this one on.’’

The White Hart Ho­tel build­ing has been stand­ing since around 1888 when the Em­pire Ho­tel on this site burnt down and was re­built.

It is sug­gested that it was re­named the White Hart af­ter 1910

‘‘The place had got a very good name in the past.’’

Lovedeep Singh

when the ve­ran­dahs were added.

As the old­est pub in the cen­tre of Ha¯ wera that is still serv­ing its orig­i­nal use it has strong his­toric value.

Al­though the fact the restau­rant hadn’t been open again for long, Singh said they were al­ready get­ting a good re­sponse.

‘‘We’re in­creas­ing day by day we’re get­ting new peo­ple in here which is good,’’ he said.

Erueti said they were al­ready see­ing reg­u­lars come through too. He crafted the all-day menu. ‘‘It’s sim­i­lar to the old one, but there’s bet­ter op­tions,’’ Erueti said.

He said a favourite starter meal was the br­uschetta bread, and the favourite main was the sweet thai curry - which is a fam­ily recipe.

Singh said there had been peo­ple float­ing be­tween the bar next door and Old Mac’s Bar and Bistro.

‘‘Some­times we get or­ders from the bar for the meals,’’ he said.

The restau­rant is based at 82 High Street. It’s open from 11am2pm and 5-9pm five days a week. It’s closed Mon­days and does a half day on a Sun­day.

Some of Old Mac’s Bar and Bistro’s new faces: Hird­ey­pal Singh, Hay­den Erueti, Tolsa Burrell, and Lovedeep Singh.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.