Te Bros is back – and it is pumping.
Five years after closing their popular Weston shop, the George family reopened Te Bros on Friday, in Oamaru’s North End.
The new fish and chip shop proved so popular that by Sunday, it had sold out, getting through 90kg of fish, 350kg of chips, 40kg of meat and 250 burger buns in just two days.
It was restocked and reopened for business on Tuesday.
“It was absolutely crazy – it was nuts. We didn’t realise how many people supported us and were really keen to have us back,” Tash George said.
“We had people calling for a couple of hours trying to get through and just couldn’t get through.”
The business is run by Mandy and Lenny George and their children, Kori and Tash, and Tash’s partner Jason de Buyzer.
“It’s very much a family affair,” Tash said.
“We know we can rely on each other, and handle everything ourselves.”
When Tash was made redundant from her job earlier this year, the family decided to “make jobs for ourselves”, and took over the North End building, formerly Yogi’s Takeaway.
The family had been looking forward to opening in Oamaru’s main road, and getting the Te Bros business “pumping” again.
Asked what the secret to good fish and chips was, Tash said it was important to keep it clean, fresh and simple.
“All our fish is freshly battered. It takes a bit longer but it is worth it – you don’t mind waiting if it’s good.
“We use as many local suppliers as we can.”
Te Bros prided itself on its customer service, and providing good vibes in-store, Tash said.
“If you are having a [bad] day we want you to be able to come in and talk about it.”
Since Te Bros announced it was reopening, it had received “tons” of messages, with some people saying they would travel from as far as Dunedin, Tash said.
“Even in Brisbane, I met people who knew about Te Bros.”