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