Beach Street

It’s closing time

By GUY WILLIAMS Three long-time downtown Queenstown business owners say the next six months will determine the fate of many like them. One’s closing his restaurant for good, another says he’s staring at a ‘‘bloody long autumn’’, while the third predicts...
When a company boss thought a teenager had skived off with his wife’s purse on a night out in Queenstown last year, he decided to take matters into his own hands. Encountering the alleged thief on the dark streets of...

Fishbone back in business

By GUY WILLIAMS A long-time staple of Queenstown’s dining scene’s about to emerge from a brief hibernation. Seafood restaurant Fishbone’s reopening on Thursday after a Covid-induced pause in trading. Owner Darren Lovell closed the Beach Street eatery last August, opening in its...
By GUY WILLIAMS After three years of planning and nearly a year of deconstruction and reconstruction, work on the O’Connells building in central Queenstown is starting to sprint to the finish-line. The steelwork for the mountain range-shaped canopies wrapping around its...

Iconic cafe changes hands

By PHILIP CHANDLER The founders of Queenstown’s award-winning Vudu cafe have sold, but the new owners aren’t changing the winning recipe. Locals Michelle Freeman, Chris Vile and Rae Ellis have sold their Rees Street business to Christchurch-based entrepreneur Kevin Yan and...
THERE’S a bloody big elephant stampeding through the streets of Queenstown and no one, it seems, can see it. And if someone doesn’t do something soon, that bloody big elephant is going to smash our streets to smithereens. Our elephant, the...

Dog day afternoon

By PHILIP CHANDLER Tomorrow's a day for the dogs at one pooch-propitious craft beer bar in Queenstown. Beech Tree, off Beach Street, is hosting a ‘Paws & Pose’ fundraiser for Dog Rescue Dunedin (DRD), a charitable trust which also operates in the...

Honouring artistic genius

By MATTHEW MCKEW A special exhibition’s being held at Queenstown’s Tim Wilson Gallery to celebrate the evolution of the painter’s works. Wilson, a local resident, died last month aged 65, after an almost 10-year battle with cancer. The celebrated oil painter was...

Pop-up to replace Fishbone

By TRACEY ROXBURGH As a Queenstown eatery prepares to go up against 11 others, New Zealand-wide, in the 2020 Great NZ Toastie Takeover, it’s also preparing to pop up in the CBD. Love Chicken, which serves free-range, organic Bostock’s chicken, opened...

“False honeymoon”

By MATTHEW MCKEW September will mark the end of a ‘‘false honeymoon’’ when Queenstown companies are forced to make tough decisions, the manager of Fergburger warns. It’s when the extension of the government’s wage subsidy, which has propped up hundreds of jobs...

Flame leaps the street

By PHILIP CHANDLER A bit like ageing its trademark steaks, it's taken time for Queenstown's popular Flame Bar & Grill to find larger premises. But, after a seven-month fitout, interrupted by the Covid-19 lockdown, it's finally moving across Beach Street to...

Beach-front Storm

Women's clothing store Storm is the second tenant in a new central Queenstown development. Mountain Scene revealed in April that international brand T2 was taking one of three tenancies in a $2 million Beach Street development by the Davies family -...
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