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Wheels Oiled And Spinning at Newly Opened Pedal Pusher

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28th March, 2012

Wheels Oiled And Spinning at Newly Opened Pedal Pusher

The doors have just opened at The Pedal Pusher restaurant and bar in Christchurch but the wheels are well and truly oiled and spinning.

Highly experienced hospitality duo Wayne and Madlen Shaw have opened their new restaurant at 284 Lincoln Road, Addington, after their former inner city hospitality business (Suede) was demolished following the earthquakes. The pair are thrilled to be back in business after a trying time over the past 18 months.

“It’s great to finally be able to open our doors and welcome customers to our new restaurant and bar,” says Madlen. “We hope our customers will love our new interior décor and the overall experience as much as we do. It’s a great design fit-out with lots of quirky items to look at.”

The name ‘The Pedal Pusher’ was chosen because the restaurant’s new site used to be a cycle exchange.

“Christchurch has a really big cycling community,” Madlen continues, “and we thought it would be a great idea to build on that theme so we’ve incorporated cycling elements wherever we could. We’ve had bar stools made out of old bike parts and the chandeliers in the dining area. We even have a replica Boneshaker bicycle from 1867 hanging on our wall surrounded by our slogan, ‘Let the good times roll’. ”

The Pedal Pusher is the newest member of the NZ Pub Company which is a concept designed by DB Breweries based around the idea of ‘New Zealand kind of Pubs, for New Zealand kind of people’. The network is a band of gastro-style pubs which each provide their own unique home-away-from-home experiences, only better!

The Pedal Pusher’s décor is testament to its ‘local’ focus with warm carpets, modern wallpaper and creative lighting adding to the cycling theme. The menu also has a distinct local flavor thanks to locally sourced ingredients.

“We like to support Canterbury suppliers as much as possible,” says chef and co-owner Wayne Shaw. “We’re offering honest, well priced home-style dishes with a modern twist. Our shared roast boards are carved at the table just like at home with fresh vegetables and gravy. We’re also offering tapas for those wanting something smaller. We’re sure too that kids, and parents, will love our healthy kids menu and the fact children can eat for free every Sunday!”

Regulars will also no doubt appreciate The Pedal Pusher’s loyalty programme which offers instant discounts on food and beverages. This, combined with a weekly events calendar from pizza and quiz nights to ladies night and live music, ensures there’s always something new and exciting happening.

The Pedal Pusher is open seven days a week from 10am Monday to Friday until late and from 9am on the weekends until late.

Owner/Operator Profile:

Madlen Shaw began working in the hospitality industry as an apprentice in hotel management in Germany. She then moved to London in 1998 and worked at the Hilton and Marriott. In 2001 she joined the luxury cruise liner QE2 working as chief cashier - running the entire ships financial operation. Three years later she moved to France to work on super yachts – both charter and private. Madlen returned to New Zealand in 2008 and was operations manager at Mona Vale restaurant in Christchurch before she and Wayne purchased Suede restaurant in June 2010.

Wayne Shaw started his career as a pastry chef at the Park Royal Hotel in Christchurch followed by a transfer to a general chef’s apprenticeship. He joined the QE2, becoming the youngest chef de cuisine within the fleet of Cunards ships. In 2004 he also moved to France to work on charter and private super yachts as a personal chef. Wayne returned to Christchurch in 2010 and purchased Suede with Madlen that year.


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