Neat new eats

The Tribune (NZ) - - FRONT PAGE - PAUL MITCHELL

A long time in the mak­ing, Down­town Shop­ping Cen­tre’s new food court was packed with din­ers dur­ing its de­but in the city.

The shop­ping cen­tre had been with­out a food court since 2014, so peck­ish pun­ters wasted no time in check­ing out the 42nd Street Eatery when it opened on Fri­day.

Cen­tre man­ager Greg Key said it was busy through­out the first day, with cus­tomers ar­riv­ing from 9am.

‘‘We made our first sale from Brook­lyn Burg­ers, ba­si­cally as the first burger came off the grill.’’

Me­lanie Bolton and her young daugh­ter were part of the early lunch crowd. They tried out the Mex­i­can cui­sine on of­fer at Mex­iAz on their way to the cin­ema.

Bolton said she ap­pre­ci­ated that the food seemed a ‘‘bit health­ier’’ than other food courts.

‘‘It’s nice to go some­where that has kid-friendly op­tions with­out chips, for a change.’’

Te­gan Hardy goes out for lunch each Fri­day with a few co­work­ers from Health­Care NZ.

They had been go­ing past for almost two years while it was un­der con­struc­tion, and won­dered when it was go­ing to open.

Naughty but Nice Ice-cream­ery owner Kirsty Gao said the dessert shop was the only ven­dor from the orig­i­nal Down­town food court to re­turn.

‘‘Our old reg­u­lar cus­tomers al­ways asked when we were com­ing back - and now, here we are.’’

WAR­WICK SMITH/FAIRFAX NZ

Ja­cob McDon­ald tries the new tastes on of­fer at Down­town’s re­vamped food court.

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