Poppa's Pizzeria on Albany Street. Photo:Gerard O'Brien
The new owner of Poppa's Pizzeria is considering
relocating the North Dunedin eatery.
Owner Ravinder Dhillon (40), of Auckland, said he bought the
business from Steve Munro for between $55,000 and 60,000 and
the business changed hands last month month.
The business had been advertised in the ODT for $85,000 plus
"When we saw this advertised we were quick to jump on it,''
Mr Dhillon said.
However, the lease on the Albany St building was set to
expire at the end of 2016. The owners, two brothers
living in Rotorua and Australia, would not confirm if a new
lease agreement was possible, he said.
Consequently, he had been investigating new premises near the
University of Otago, he said.
"We have already started the back up process.''
The pizzeria opened in Albany St in 1975.
Mr Dhillon said pizzeria was the first business he had owned,
and he had investigated buying a pizzeria in Auckland but it
was too expensive.
He encouraged Aucklanders struggling to buy a business to buy
Former owner Steve Munro (59) said he had asked the landlord
to write a new lease but his request was declined. He
had owned the pizzeria for nearly 18 years and when the
Octagon was developed it made hospitality more difficult
outside central Dunedin, especially when many of the student
To ensure the business survived he got a liquor licence and
directly marketed to university departments. He had
enjoyed working among "educated, bright eyed and optimistic''
"They have ideas of a bigger, grander world. It's a bit
infectious and good to be around so much positive energy.''
But it was time for a change and a new project, he said.
"I'm evaluating my options.''