Botsy expands north of the Bombay Hills

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The owners of Queenstown’s high-end Botswana Butchery restaurant aim to repeat its successful formula in a landmark Auckland building. 

Safari Hospitality – an offshoot of the Good Group hospitality empire – has bought the waterfront Cin Cin restaurant in the historic Ferry Building. 

“We think we do large restaurant operations pretty well, at the premium end,” Good Group chief executive Russell Gray says. 

“You’ll probably see a continuation of us divesting non-core and smaller business.” 

Good Group earlier this year sold Arrowtown’s New Orleans pub and put its Travelling Goodbar on the market. 

Botswana Butchery Auckland will open about mid-February, after a six-week fit-out, and will be a 140-seater like its Queenstown counterpart. 

Gray says a Christchurch CBD site had earlier been earmarked for another Botswana Butchery but it was destroyed in the February earthquake. 

The Auckland expansion is Good Group’s first restaurant/bar operation north of Christchurch. 

The original Botswana Butchery steakhouse opened in Wanaka in 2007 – the Queeenstown version followed a year later.