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Iconic Wellington restaurant celebrates 25 years

Iconic Wellington restaurant celebrates 25 years

Wellington’s iconic Boulcott Street Bistro celebrates 25 years of hospitality this October, making it one of Wellington’s oldest owner-operator dining establishments.

On the 16th of October 1991, John Lawrence and Chris Green* took over the historic Plimmer House and set up shop. With ambition and a lot of hard work they created a recipe for success—the warm and welcoming gourmet bistro has become a much loved destination on Wellington’s culinary map.

The quarter-century milestone will be marked with a range of celebrations including a retro menu from the 90s, at 90s prices. From Monday 10 – Saturday 15 October, the Bistro’s first award-winning menu, from the 1995 Corban’s Wine and Food Challenge, will be available for lunch and dinner. (please see attached)

“We thought it would be a fun menu to serve. The three courses really capture the culinary trends of the time,” says the Bistro’s owner John Lawrence.

“Along with the retrospective menu, we will also mark the occasion with a few unofficial celebrations throughout the month and a staff party—I am really looking forward to catching up with people who’ve helped us reach this milestone,” says Lawrence, who believes the success of the Bistro is as much about the people as it is about the food,
“There have been friends of friends, children of friends and friends of children who have somewhere along the way made up our team— in the kitchen, doing dishes, working on the floor or supplying produce ”.
Lawrence also credits the capital for helping reach this milestone and the locals love of good hospitality,

“Wellingtonians have always been really supportive of what we do. It’s a great city for hospitality, both for diners and those working in the industry. I wouldn’t want to do this anywhere else.”

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*Green is now owner of Annam Restaurant (Wellington) and will be joining His long time friend and fellow chef Rex Morgan in the kitchen for the birthday week to help prepare the retro menu. Morgan has been chef/partner at Boulcott Street Bistro since 2009.
“Boulcott has always maintained a high standard of classic dishes with a contemporary NZ edge, the service is casual and friendly, and I think people enjoy that,” Morgan says.

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*Please note the Bistro will be closed on Sunday 16th October

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