Home' Hospitality Business : HB MAY 2017 Contents for the operation of the
Visitors Centre Café, Playground Food Kiosk
and Conference Facilities at
CHRISTCHURCH BOTANIC GARDENS
GETS Reference - 18593895
A cast iron opportunity
For an established Café/Restaurant operator with a desire to expand to a
prestige position in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens.
Request for Proposal
The Christchurch City Council seeks proposals
from proven operators with a desire to provide an
extraordinary experience to a variety of visitors to
this prestigious facility.
With over 1.5 million visitors a year to the
Christchurch Botanic Gardens and 400 thousand
plus visitors through the doors of the Visitor Centre
per annum this provides an opportunity for assured
success with good standards and business practice.
This is a 364-day a year operation with the café
sitting within an award winning Patterson Architects
designed Visitor Centre. The centre includes a café,
currently configured for seating 60 people inside
with a similar seating (expandable) outside.
In addition to the café a facility for the preparation
and sale of food for visitors to the immensely
popular Botanic Gardens playground is also on offer.
The two kitchen facilities also offer opportunity to
provide catered events in the conference centre
within the Visitor Centre.
Respondents have the opportunity to express an
interest in any or all of these facilities.
A large carpark nearby provides easy access for
customers of all the facilities.
To be successful you will need:
• to demonstrate sustained success as a café/
• the ability to staff and run a first-class operation
• to be in touch with present market expectations
• to be able to serve a diverse clientele base
• demonstrate your point of difference and how the
offering will enhance the visitor experience of the
Christchurch Botanic Gardens.
The Request for Proposal (RFP) documents, will only be available to
download via the Government Electronic Tender Service (GETS) website.
It is easy to register just go to: https://www.gets.govt.nz/RegisterUser.htm
The RFP documents will be uploaded by the Christchurch City Council
onto the GETS website, “mid-May”.
Please refer any enquiries in the first instance to
email@example.com should you require any assistance.
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t 64, Christchurch café owner Janice Thornton has faced
her fair share of adversity, but this hardy Kiwi go-getter has
fought back to overcome the odds.
Janice, who recently re-opened Christchurch’s iconic Sign
of the Kiwi Café in the Port Hills overlooking the city, has been working
in hospitality for more than 40 years. “I’ve been in this business since I was
a kid, starting out as a pantry maid at Cher ry Court Lodge in Dunedin,”
says Janice. “I was a waitress and kitchen hand there before becoming a
chef at a restaurant and I owned my first business at 20 – I was the caterer
for the Otago Golf Club at its St Clair course in Dunedin.”
For many years she ran popular central Christchurch café, Cinnamon,
from a city council-leased site. Janice was also food and beverage
manager at Christchurch’s Russley Golf Club.
Some of the wonderful staff who’ve been faithful to her in these
previous businesses have stayed on the team, including Lynne Reed,
who’s worked for Janice for 16 years.
By 2010 Janice had quite a reputation as a successful operator and
caterer and the Christchurch City Council invited her to take over the
lease at The Sign of the Kiwi. Janice opened on September 1, 2010,
and four days later the first of the Canterbury earthquakes struck. She
was able to remain trading, but only just, with the devastating February,
2011, quakes taking even more of a toll on the beautiful histor ic stone
building, which celebrates its 100th anniversary in June this year. In
June, 2011, just 10 months after opening, Janice was forced to close her
new café down for safety reasons. “I hung in there until the council
closed me down because it was just too dangerous,” she says. “It was
going really well too, but six years later they approached me again and
said would I come back and lease The Sign of the Kiwi again, now that
the building had been fully restored.”
Janice is a stayer, so she rolled her sleeves up and geared up for round
two, opening in January this year. Her famous date scones had barely
cooled out of the oven when the Port Hills fires struck on February 13.
Her hearty food and homemade baking was just becoming renowned
with the masses of weekend crowds sightseeing, cycling, walking and
running in the Port Hills.
“We’d just had a huge opening then the fires closed me down for
another three weeks,” she says. “It was devastating. I was like ‘déjà vu!’ I
was shattered - absolutely devastated looking up from the hill from my
bedroom window at the flames leaping up to 100 metres away from the
café. It was pretty scary.”
A keen endurance athlete, Janice was champing at the bit to get on
her bike and ride up to assess the damage. “Eventually I was allowed up
with a police escort and we had generators installed to keep the freezers
going,” she says. “The Fire Brigade nursed us and we were allowed to
re-open. Now this place is like Kensington Station every weekend.”
Janice is now working on plans to celebrate the Kiwi’s 100th
anniversary next month (June). She’s already been in touch with the
family of Christchurch forefather and for mer city councillor, Har r y Ell,
who was responsible for building The Sign of the Kiwi as a rest house
in the 1800’s. n
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- Janice Thornton
Pictured from left, the team at Sign of
The Kiwi, Bastien, Sam, Lynne, Janice and Eric.
BY SUE FEA
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