Sushi lovers rejoice – Oamaru’s only Japanese restaurant, Midori, has reopened its doors, albeit at a different location.
Owner Anna King has combined her two businesses into one, moving Midori from the corner of Ribble and Humber Sts into the Harbour Street Collective Cafe premises.
The restaurant has its own entrance and sectioned-off space, and still offers the same menu options as before, for takeaways or dining in.
The Collective Cafe closed for one Wednesday earlier in the month while Mrs King’s father, Bruce Blackie, worked from 8am to 3am the next morning painting and preparing the Midori space. It opened for business on the Thursday.
Mrs King said she loved being part of Harbour St, and everyone on the street got along. Having both her businesses in the same place “works really well”.
Despite being closed during the Level 4 lockdown, Mrs King said her business had fared reasonably well. She was prepared for the winter months being quieter anyway, and then went “crazy with deliveries” when the country opened back up to Level 3.
“I’ve been really lucky to have such good local support.”
The Collective Cafe was in the perfect spot for tourists, and now locals that supported Midori could continue to support it in its new premises.
Mrs King started working in cafes at age 15 and has spent most of her adult life involved in the hospitality industry. She started managing cafes in Sydney before running Coffee Culture franchises in Christchurch. She has owned Midori for nine years, and been back living in Oamaru for six with her husband and two daughters, aged nearly 5 and 9.
She said owning a cafe like the Collective was her dream.
“It has a bit of a mix of everything.”
Mrs King still owns the former Midori premises, and although she has no concrete plans for them, thought maybe she would turn them into accommodation.