Have a java hit at The Hui Hut Hangout
One of Mangakino’s best kept secrets has cracked the recipe for success.
Young entrepreneur Jade Pedersen has visitors raving about her coffee that she serves at her cafe and restaurant.
After returning from Wellington to look after her mother fiveyears ago Pedersen decided the lakeside settlement needed something new.
‘‘I missed the coffee. Mangakino needed a place and it needed good coffee. I knew we could have something else.’’
Nearly three years later manager Sheree Sutton of Hui Hut said they’ve finally nailed the perfect brew with locals and visitors visiting for their daily ‘‘hit’’.
Supporting local businesses and community is an important part of the business for the duo.
This includes employing staff locally and one from Tokoroa.
‘‘It’s a family atmosphere. That’s what I like about it and it doesn’t matter who you are coming in.’’
This is what Pedersen’s mum, Anahera Pedersen, wanted the business to be in the community.
‘‘It’s in the name. We noticed the amount of hui that we have here and it’s like reconnecting whanau here in the community.’’
Off the beaten track the food at The Hui Hut hangout has a varied menu to cater for everyone.
Punters can enjoy a set menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner including cabinet food.
A snack menu from wedges, fries and garlic bread is available throughout the day.
The team got a helping hand to liven up the selection of food from a french chef.
This included adding pan fried fish and pork belly has proven to be a popular choice.
The popular steak and chips meal still remains a favourite.
‘‘We’ve kept it basic and on the higher side of the cuisine,’’ Sutton said.
Pedersen and Sutton both have a background in hospitality. Their knowledge provides visitors and locals with quality food and service.
‘‘We’ve nailed it and gone over and above what I expected because the reason I’m open seven days is I’ve slowly created a coffee culture. We have quite a dark roast so you get that hit,’’ said Pedersen.
‘‘There’s a reason to turn right. Our little secret is out.’’
Manager Sheree Sutton and owner Jade Pedersensay they’ve nailed the perfect coffee.