Busy first day at harbour cafe

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After more than a year of development, a Steampunk-inspired cafe on the waterfront opened its doors to the public on Saturday.

The Galley, owned and built by Brian de Geest, of de Geest Construction, and run by Sally-Ann Donnelly has had a successful start.

Mrs Donnelly said the first day was really busy and she hoped it would continue.

The cafe is in the perfect location and makes the harbour area more vibrant, she said.

“I just think it adds to the whole harbour scene.”

While she did not have the exact number, Mrs Donnelly said hundreds of people went on the first day including tourists and people wandering past.

The range of food, including gourmet burgers, fish and chips, milkshakes and cabinet food, would appeal to the whole family, she said.

“It’s a family place.”

Mr de Geest said he went down for a meal on the first day and had a chicken burger that was so good he would definitely be coming back for more.

“It was awesome.”

There were lots of people there when he went and all the windows were open looking out at the harbour which made it a great place to be, he said.

The Steampunk exterior and slightly more futuristic interior were designed by Oamaru sculptor Don Paterson.

The Galley currently has seven members of staff and is located at the same historic site as the kiosk of the early 1900s.

See photos p.3.

By Ruby Harfield

PHOTO: CAROL EDWARDS – From left, staff members Katrina Bishop, Salvi Frika, Kerry Goodall, Karen Greenslade, Niki Paterson, Courtney Kerin and Crystal-Lee Banks prepare for a busy day.