Casino enters dining game

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One of Queenstown’s two casinos has bought one of the resort’s classiest restaurants. 

Boardwalk Seafood Restaurant owners Adele and Grant Jackson confirm they’ve sold the business to next-door neighbour, Lasseters Wharf Casino. 

The Jacksons closed 115-seat Boardwalk last Friday and settlement of the deal was expected to go through yesterday. 

Jackson understands the casino plans to reopen the Steamer Wharf eatery and a walkway linking it to the casino next month. 

Boardwalk’s chef since the high-end restaurant opened 16 years ago, Grant took part-ownership of the business with his wife 10 years ago, and full ownership three years ago. 

Grant says the sale’s been in the offing for 11 months, pending New Zealand Gambling Commission approval.
Restaurant numbers have exploded in Queenstown during his time at Boardwalk, Grant says. 

“A big night used to be 160 to 170 diners – now if we have 100 it’s a bloody good night.” 

The Jacksons have no fixed future plans but intend “looking at every option” once they return from an overseas holiday. 

Grant was formerly vice-president of the NZ Chefs Association and a long-time local branch president.