The restaurants for Auckland’s Commercial Bay development have been revealed, including a flagship restaurant by Ben Bayly. The $1 billion centre will open in September and will play host to 44 food and beverage operators.
Restaurants and bars will include homegrown favourites Burger Burger, Hawker and Roll and Simon and Lee, while there will also be an international influence with New York’s Saxon & Parole, London cocktail bar Genuine Liquorette and Mexican restaurant Ghost Donkey. Other options include Cali Press, Middle Eastern local favourite Fatima’s, Bluebells’ Cakery, Kai Eatery, Sam Choy Poke, Juke Joint and Kokako.
The developers said that the complex will be open late to tap into Auckland’s growing late-night economy.
“We’re going beyond the typical nine to five work day in the CBD because the biggest growth market for us is tourists and residents and they are attracted to an evening economy and a weekend destination – our leasing strategy reflects that,” Precinct Properties senior development manager Tim Woods said. “We see the centre as a transition to a global [city], how customers would typically use a city in any global location in the world like Sydney, Hong Kong, Singapore, New York; our operators are aligned with that approach.”
Auckland’s night economy is currently valued at around $470 million – nearly a third of the city’s overall spend.