Cobb & Co on track for mid-June opening

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Cobb & Co Dunedin general manager Ange Copson

Cobb & Co Dunedin general manager Ange Copson is excited to see the 750sq m restaurant taking shape at the Dunedin Railway Station.

“The booths are starting to go in and things are really taking shape,” Mrs Copson said.

“It’s very exciting for us to have this work happening at last.”

Work on the fit-out for the 220-plus seat restaurant has been under way since March 13, led by main contractor Steve Mowat Building & Construction.

Livingstone Building is project-managing the refit, which involves about 12 Dunedin contractors, along with local suppliers.

Carpets have been removed, the walls are being painted and booths and dining areas are being built.

Mrs Copson said the $1 million project was proceeding on budget and was on track for the restaurant to open in mid-June.

“We are already getting calls from people who are looking forward to the restaurant’s opening and are wanting to make reservations, which is really nice,” she said.

Construction work on the restaurant was delayed over Christmas by a submission process and public hearing on the granting of resource and building consents for a freestanding deck.

The deck, which is being built off-site by Dunedin heritage building specialist Lawrie Forbes, 150sqm grassed area at the north end of the station, behind a row of cherry trees.

Its design was been approved by Heritage New Zealand as being in keeping with the historic nature of the Dunedin Railway Station.

The footings have gone in ready to support a concrete pad upon which the deck will sit.