The Captain Cook Tavern will ''definitely'' be back, but the
building's owners are still sorting through options with
Greg Paterson, one of three directors of Orari Street
Properties Investments Ltd which owns the building, said it
was ''definitely'' going to open a new bar on the revitalised
''We have got any number of options, and if we couldn't get a
tenant, we would probably do it ourselves,'' Mr Paterson
He was unable to set a date for when the bar would reopen as
they were still trying to find a tenant to provide a ''food
offering'', which would probably include servicing the
downstairs bar and offering takeaways.
''We can't do it until we get it right, so we are trying to
get the right operators, the right size space, get it all
ticked off by council.
''We would have liked to have got it done by now, but it's
more important to get it right than to rush it,'' he said.
The plan was for the downstairs bar to have a ''garden bar''
and outdoor area at the rear of the site, but not in the area
where the garden bar was before the bar closed last year.
Rather than being aimed at students, the bar would be for
''Traditionally, the front bar of the Cook was a bar that had
lots of different people going into it.''
''It needs to cater for the modern drinking demand, rather
than what it did in the past.''
The building's upstairs would largely be left as it was and
could be used as a second bar.
The architect, Ed Elliott, whom they had hired to bring the
building back to its former glory, would be filing a
demolition consent next week, so the ''scuzzy'' kitchen
back-of-house extension - which had been added to the
original building - could be removed.
Mr Elliott said removing the extension would make it easier
for builders to work on the rest of the building.
The gap left by the removal of the extension and the old
garden bar, which it is situated next to, would be left empty
in the short-term for later development, Mr Elliott said.
A resource consent for the overall building work was granted
The consent, obtained by the Otago Daily Times
yesterday, quotes the council's urban designer Peter Christos
as saying the work ''will have a positive effect on
streetscape and amenity values by providing a quality upgrade
to a prominent historic building''.
''The design considers heritage values and maximises the
potential of the site.''