Chapel Bar and Bistro Director begins celebrations for Pope
Chapel Bar and Bistro Director Luke Dallow begins celebrations for the new Pope
While the 115 cardinal electors are frescoed in the Sistine Chapel, Ponsonby is popping the champagne corks in preparation for the new Pope.
To celebrate the pending announcement of the new Pontif, Ponsonby’s iconic religious haunt Chapel Bar and Bistro will reward its customers with free Piper champagne.
As every vote is collected, Luke Dallow of Chapel Bar and Bistro will provide his patrons with two free bottles per vote. He will announce via Facebook and Twitter what time these are to be consumed.
“My catholic roots mean a lot to me”, says Dallow who went to St Peters College in Auckland. “I am very excited about this election and see it as one of the most significant elections in my lifetime”, he added.
Dallow is not worried if it takes days to elect a new Pontiff.
“I want to ensure everyone knows what’s going on here, black smoke and all. The more inconclusive votes, the more free champagne will be flowing.”
No modern day conclave has reached a decision on the first day, so the lack of an outcome on the single vote held today is no surprise. However some pundits are saying it is more likely a result won’t be reached until Friday (NZT).
Frontrunners include the Italy's Angelo Scola - who would return the papacy to traditional Italian hands after 35 years of the German Benedict XVI and Polish John Paul II - and Brazilian Odilo Scherer - who would be the first non-European pope since Syrian-born.
Luke Dallow has been in the hospitality industry for 22 years. In the last 11 years he has owned and operated 8 bars & Restaurants in the Auckland area obtaining several business awards in the industry.