A steak restaurant similar to one in Auckland will open early
December in the Sofitel building and those behind it are both
"looking forward to the challenge" and confident another
success story will be written.
The Jervois Steakhouse Queenstown is part of the Nourish
Group's portfolio of restaurants, which include the Auckland
Jervois Steak House, Shed 5 in Wellington and Bistro Lago in
the Hilton Lake Taupo.
The restaurant will be off the beaten track of Shotover St,
but the Nourish Group chief executive Richard Sigley said
with experience came confidence.
"Queenstown has a lot of restaurants and bars and people have
always said 'Why are you going into that area?' ... but it's
a natural move," Mr Sigley said.
"Queenstown is arguably the most international city in New
Zealand. Hopefully we can add value to the whole dining
experience of Queenstown"
Internal building work in the restaurant, which will include
an oyster bar, is on track and job-seekers are jostling for a
position, with around 70 interviewed two weeks ago to fill 20
full- and part-time positions.
"It was a fantastic turnout - we employed about five or six
from that straight away."
Before opening the Auckland steak house he said "about 50"
steak restaurants in the United States were visited by the
He believed the group was the first in the country to invest
in a specialised cooker which slow roasts steak for up to
nine hours, though other restaurants may have bought the
While the Auckland steak house had a "proven formula",
Queenstown's version would have a "South Island twist" with
as much produce and wine as possible being sourced from the
The Auckland restaurant was popular with tourists, who often
asked if the company operated a similar restaurant in
Queenstown, Mr Sigley, who was born in Oamaru, said.
Masterchef TV show judge Simon Gault is a shareholder,
though Mr Sigley said "given his [Gault's] commitments to
Masterchef, we don't see him a lot".
Mr Sigley said it was intended cooking classes would be held
in the restaurant to help the community.