Cup comeback has silver lining for Queenstown outlets


The astonishing America’s Cup comeback and victory by Oracle has a silver lining for Queenstown café and bar operators.

Downtown venues did a roaring breakfast and coffee trade as the morning races kicked-off – at what’s normally a quieter time.

Joe’s Garage co-owner Justin Bird says it’s been their busiest part of the day all week as Emirates Team New Zealand – stranded on match point since last Friday – battled for that one race win that would have sealed victory.

“I must be one of the only people who are actually enjoying it being stretched out. The timing is perfect as we’d usually be quiet when the racing is on,” Bird says.

Brazz manager Carl Hellyer says the extended regatta, the longest in America’s Cup history, has been great for business.

“It’s definitely helped the coffee trade.”

Patrons dropped off from Monday as nerves frayed and the pressure built.

“It started to taper off as Oracle started getting closer and our confidence started to wander a bit.”

One Brazz patron had champagne bought last Friday in the fridge all week.