New Zealander reopens
Alameda’s famed New Zealander restaurant has reopened under new management but with the same award-winning chef who opened the restaurant at the corner of Webster and Central.
The restaurant opened on April 13 with a revitalized decor and menu that features traditional pub pies along with lamb, burgers, a kid’s menu and more (check out their Sunday brunch menu too), turned out by chef Clive Hitchens. They’ve also got live music on Thursdays and Fridays.
The New Zealander’s website is here, and their Facebook page is here (there’s an interesting thread from folks who want to bring back Gary, a staffer under the old management, as well as a survey to gauge what folks’ favorite dishes might be).
The restaurant effectively shut down in January and not too long after, new owner Barett St. Germain set about revitalizing the interior and getting all his permits, etc. to reopen in the spring. They’ll be open 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 10 a.m to 9 p.m. Sundays (with brunch served until 2).
In other Island eatery news, sounds like Mama’s Chicken Noodle House has signed a lease for the old KFC building at Webster and Buena Vista, and a Greek deli may be moving on to Webster Street as well, at 1545 Webster (next to Dick’s Barber Shop). And from what we understand, there may be more to come, so stay tuned.