Pop­up bar may fill gap in city

Otago Daily Times - - REGIONS - SHARON REECE

A new con­tainer bar pro­posed for In­ver­cargill will help to cre­ate a ‘‘food and bev­er­age precinct’’ for the city cen­tre.

The In­ver­cargill Li­cens­ing Trust has pro­posed a con­tainer bar for Wach­ner Pl dur­ing

CBD re­de­vel­op­ments, and has asked the In­ver­cargill City Coun­cil to con­sider leas­ing part of its land.

A re­port, which will come be­fore a full coun­cil meet­ing on Tues­day, sug­gested the trust needed to va­cate two of its es­tab­lish­ments, The Kiln and Bar Luca, when de­vel­op­ment com­mences on its new in­ner city ho­tel.

The es­tab­lish­ments closing would ‘‘re­duce choice in the in­ner city’’ and the con­tainer bar would pro­vide an in­terim so­lu­tion, the re­port read.

In­ver­cargill Li­cens­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Chris Ram­say said a con­tainer bar was an ‘‘ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­nity’’ for the city while it was un­der­go­ing change.

‘‘We’re keen to ac­ti­vate and make use of a space that’s gong to be front and cen­tre as our CBD changes and evolves,’’ Mr Ram­say said.

A food and bev­er­age precinct would be ‘‘de­vel­oped nat­u­rally’’ in the area, he said.

‘‘You’ve got the Tu­atara Cafe there, The Speights Ale House and Waxy’s all within throw­ing dis­tance, and then around the cor­ner on Don St, there’s Auc­tion House, so it’s a good hub,’’ he said.

It was pos­si­ble to ne­go­ti­ate a de­vel­op­ment which would ‘‘con­form with a range of re­quire­ments’’, in­clud­ing keep­ing unim­peded ac­cess to the foot­path in Wach­ner Pl, and free ac­cess to pub­lic toi­lets, the re­port read.

While the li­cens­ing trust was in the ‘‘very early stages’’ of the plan, there were ‘‘fairly pos­i­tive’’ vibes from coun­cil ex­ec­u­tives about the pro­ject, Mr Ram­say said.

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