The much-loved Emporium Eatery and Bar in Napier’s Art Deco Masonic Hotel has re-opened after a seven month Covid-induced closure with a refreshed menu and drinks list, and a new ‘parklet’ outside for guests to enjoy drinks al fresco.
Owners Neil Barber and Craig Hay say that like the Hotel, Emporium has become a key part of the Napier community and way of life.
“Not re-opening was never an option,” says Neil. “We’ve just had to take our time to make sure our new business model is sustainable for staff, suppliers and customers alike.”
Renowned for its uniquely styled collection of spaces, Emporium is reopening in a very different environment to the one it was forced to close in. A new contemporary menu designed for relaxed dining by executive chef Sara Simpson has been created, while the bar features a wine showcase with a changing selection of interesting and rare wines. The new spirits list has embraced the current gin craze with gin flights and bespoke Emporium cocktails.
An exciting new edition to Emporium currently nearing completion is a Parklet designed by Jacob Scott, situated on the waterfront side of Emporium on the old loading zone.
“It’s a project we’ve been working on with the Napier City Council and has been two years in the planning and approval process,” says Craig. “It’s part of Napier City Council’s strategy to enhance outdoor amenities for locals and tourists. For Emporium’s guests it will extend the amount of outdoor seating and provide an attractive space to while away a couple of hours over a bite to eat and drink on a sunny Hawke’s Bay day.”
Initially Emporium will open from Wednesday to Sunday. Wednesday to Friday 4pm until late for drinks, dinner and late night snacks; Saturdays from 7am until late to include serving brunch; and Sundays 7am until 3pm.