No. 7 Balmac to return with 'pop-up' cafe

Firefighters rip open the roof of popular Dunedin restaurant No7 Balmac to battle a blaze which...
Firefighters rip open the roof of popular Dunedin restaurant No7 Balmac to battle a blaze which has forced it to temporarily close. Photo: Linda Robertson
Favourite dishes from fire-damaged Dunedin restaurant No. 7 Balmac will be available at a three-month pop-up cafe in the Octagon, while the building is repaired.

A fire swept through the ventilation system of the popular Maori Hill restaurant on August 18 and left the building with structural and water damage.

The pop-up cafe will be at the former Sargoods site, which forms part of the Regent Theatre complex.

No. 7 Balmac owner, Katrina Toovey said the pop-up, which opens on September 6, was an exciting new opportunity to bring the No. 7 Balmac neighbourhood bistro vibe to the heart of the city.

The pop-up will be open from noon until late Wednesday through Sunday until December.

“We’ve picked the favourites from our menu and will present a well-considered selection of ten items which reflect the essence diners know and love about No. 7 Balmac.

She thanked the community for being "super supportive" of the restaurant during the difficult time, and also over the last nine years.

No. 7 Balmac would continue to operate with a zero waste ethos, serving vegetables grown in its kitchen garden alongside premium ingredients sourced from local suppliers, she said.

Only organic and biodynamic wines would be served in the Octagon. All vegetable waste from No. 7 in the Octagon would be returned to the restaurant in Balmacewen Road.

Regent Theatre director Sarah Anderson said the Regent was "delighted" to support No. 7 Balmac.

"It's a complementary relationship, theatre-goers share a love of great food, art and culture with the customers of No. 7 Balmac.

"We’re delighted that for the next three months those attending shows at The Regent have another option for pre and post show refreshment.”


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