Architect Ed Elliott (left) and engineer Rick Thompson
compare notes during a visit to the Captain Cook Tavern in
Dunedin yesterday. Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
Plans are afoot to reopen the historic Captain Cook
When the pub, founded in 1860, shut its doors in June, there
were fears it would remain closed for good, but the
building's owners are working to ensure the famed student
watering hole lives on.
Gregory Paterson, one of three directors of Orari Street
Properties Investments Ltd which owns the building, said it
had hired Elliott Architects Queenstown to draw up plans to
split the building up between a bar and a restaurant.
It was ''too early'' to say with certainty whether their
plans would come to fruition, but potential tenants had shown
''Nothing is definite, because nothing is signed,'' Mr
It would also depend on what engineers found after examining
However, he was confident the Cook would be saved, saying:
''It's all looking quite good, to be honest.''
The plan, as it stood now, involved keeping the corner of the
ground floor and upstairs as a bar and having a separate
restaurant taking up the remaining ground-floor area, he
They also wanted to remove the large ''back of house'' area,
which faces Albany St, opening up the building to more sun.
Earthquake strengthening would also be carried out.
If the plans ''came off'', the work would probably cost
''millions'', he said.
''It's fair to say it will be much better than it was [when
Asked why they planned to split up the site, he said: ''The
Cook was too big and it catered solely on booze.
"Preloading and discount booze out of supermarkets has
completely changed the culture of drinking.''
Architect Ed Elliott said he and the owners wanted to put the
''character'' back into the pub. The pub would be ''far more
intimate'' than it was, he said.