New Zealander may reopen soon
So waaay back at the end of January, I got an e-mail from someone letting me know that the New Zealander restaurant and pub was closed. A sign in the window said the restaurant was on vacation through January 24. But it never reopened.
Alameda Journal blogger Janet Levaux later reported that Mike T. of San Ramon wrote on Yelp that he’s working to reopen the pub, taking it over from longtime owner Clive Hitchens. A post on a New Zealander blog from Monday claims that Barrett St. Germain will be taking over the restaurant, with Hitchens remaining on as chef, and that changes are afoot:
We are currently attempting to give the restaurant a more spacious look. The large windows help to open the place up. We are also looking to create a separation inside between the bar side and the restaurant side, so patrons will feel comfortable enough to either have a beer, bring the kids, or both.
We are also looking to make some menu changes based upon patron input, using both this blog (surveys/polls) and our Facebook page under Crolls NewZealander.
Currently, we are trying to incorporate more New Zealander beers to our offering, however, we have only been able to get 1 beer on tap. If we have to start carrying bottles we will, so that you too can be a kiwi!
The restaurant needs some work still, and with historical paperwork to be filed and followed, but should be open sooner, rather than later. Pardon our dust.
A subsequent post claims the restaurant is having trouble with its liquor license, but the new owners hope to reopen in March. Stay tuned for more details.
Meanwhile, over on Park Street, cute kiddie clothing purveyor Pippen Hill is closing after seven years. But a few blocks up at 1303 Park, it looks like a new pizza and pasta joint named Scolari’s is set to open soon. There’s a little more info here.