Polos, pants – and now pints


You’ll be able to eat and drink as well as shop at a high-end Queenstown clothing store later this winter.

Menswear label Rodd & Gunn, which operates in Australia and the United States as well as New Zealand, is cutting its Rees Street store in half to create a lake-facing food and beverage outlet.

Rodd and Gunn Ltd is advertising for a liquor licence for The Rodd & Gunn Bar, to operate seven days a week, from 10am till 11pm.

Project manager Vishal Vasan says: “It’s just adding the bells and whistles to the retail experience and showcasing quality NZ products.”

He says they’ll focus on Central Otago pinot noirs and Moa beers.

NZ master sommelier Cameron Douglas is putting together the wine list and the chef will be Kiwi Matt Lambert, who co-owns the Michelin star-rated The Musket Room in New York.

Vasan expects the bar/restaurant to open in August, and says it’s possible they’ll look at extending onto the lakefront reserve when the weather warms up.

He adds there are also plans to operate a concierge service so customers can book the likes of fly fishing and hunting trips.

The Rodd & Gunn brand dates back to 1946, and the first stand-alone store opened in Auckland’s Queen Street in 1987.

In 2012 it designed the NZ Olympic team’s formal wear and supporters’ gear.

Its annual turnover is reportedly about $80 million.