Roger and Rachel Smith examine their new premises, in the
Bing Harris building in the Exchange. Photo by Craig
Long-time Roslyn restaurant Zucchini Bros is moving to
the Bing Harris building in Dunedin's Exchange.
With its Roslyn lease running out and facing a
''substantial'' rate increase, business owners Rachel and
Roger Smith were forced to make a tough decision - close the
19-year-old restaurant or find new premises.
''We weren't sure what the future held. We thought it might
have been the end of the line for Zucchini Bros.''
After looking unsuccessfully for premises in Roslyn-Maori
Hill, Mrs Smith saw the vacant site in the restored historic
building opposite the old chief post office in Princes St.
''It's an attractive building and I love the Exchange. I love
the idea that Zucchini Bros can be part of its revival.''
They hoped to replicate the restaurant's style in the new
premises by relocating their art, furniture and pot plants.
The new premises had the advantage of being larger and having
a kitchen twice the size and the plan was to shift their
pizza oven there, too.
''It's a good opportunity to be taking on a new challenge and
the move to the Exchange is exciting.''
Breaking the news to long-time customers and nearby
businesses had been hard, but many had said they would
follow, she said.
It would also be sad for the family to say goodbye to the
premises but they were sure it would provide an opportunity
for someone else to introduce a ''new flavour to the
village'', she said.
They planned to move next month, and hoped to reopen late in
The owner of the Roslyn building, Tony Clear, said the
Zucchini Bros premises would be re-tenanted, but he had
no-one definite yet.