By TRACEY ROXBURGH
Two new restaurants are opening in Queenstown this week, with combined capacity of 545.
Australian hospo group Pacific Concepts will open the doors to El Camino Cantina, a Tex-
Mex diner, today and The Bavarian — both in the new Upper Village precinct on Brecon
Street, sandwiched between the Kiwi Birdlife Park and iFLY — tomorrow.
El Camino can seat 190, including a 30-seat outdoor terrace.
It’s the first overseas El Camino for the group — other locations are in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast.
Meantime, The Bavarian, a 355-seat, family-friendly restaurant, will open its doors tomorrow.
Queenstown’s the second New Zealand site — it launched in Auckland’s Newmarket in 2019 and has 31 across Australia.
Pacific Concepts CEO Thomas Pash says NZ expansion’s been on the horizon for some time.
‘‘Tourists, South Islanders and Queenstown locals are in for a treat with two fun-loving, affordable, casual-dining destinations opening just in time for summer and the festive season.’’
Both restaurants are still recruiting for staff.
Upper Village, being developed by Engage Group, comprises two buildings with about 5000
square metres of lettable area separated by a central, external mall providing access to the tenancies.
Other tenants include Kingpin, Timezone, chocolate cafe Max Brenner, ice cream operator Anita Gelato and Queenstown-based Future Hospitality’s second Minus 5 ice bar, Queenstown Bar.