Buoy Cafe to open
A pivotal Westhaven location is the site for a new cafe to be known as Buoy.
Operated by Ginette Auld (pictured), the creator of Salta in Three Lamps, Ponsonby, the cafe will offer a mix of fresh, nutritious off-the-menu and cabinet food and high quality coffee with fast friendly service that Ginette and her team are known for.
Decor will be attractive, modern and functionally designed, with outdoor seating and spaces making the most of the delightful marina location and deck that sits at the end of the Westhaven Promenade, a 5m wide boardwalk that was built as a walk and cycleway connecting the Harbour Bridge with Wynard Quarter and beyond, and which when the weather is fine, now attracts thousands of visitors each weekend.
“This part of Westhaven is a hub. People will walk and cycle here, it’s a destination and a meeting point,” says Ginette, who is a chef by trade and who will have a close hand in menu planning as well as smooth operation and service.
The cafe will be open from early morning to late afternoon, serving well executed, healthy food. During summer daylight saving time, hours are likely to extend to include evening meals.
The site was the location of the popular Sitting Duck Cafe, but has been closed since the owner passed away in 2015.
“We wish to extend a warm welcome to Buoy,” says Westhaven spokesperson Tom Warren, the general manager of marinas for Panuku Development Auckland. “Ginette is a top operator, her background is impeccable, and the cafe will be a great asset to the marina for our customers, people that work in the area, and visitors,” he says.
For those that miss the pies offered by Sitting Duck, don’t worry - Ginette has already selected a gourmet pastry supplier and has a pie warmer on order.
A complete renovation is underway and the cafe is expected to open sometime in mid winter.
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