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New all-day eatery on Devonport Wharf now open

Auckland Transport hints at more wharf developments


 

 

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​​Devon on the Wharf bar1 small-min.jpgAfter months of anticipation, Devonport residents have an exciting new hospitality destination with views over the harbour. 

Devon on the Wharf is in the refurbished Northern Pavilion on Devonport Wharf. Opening out onto the boardwalk, the space provides a good connection with Marine Square and a perfect gateway to the Devonport village. 

The development is the first example of Auckland Transport’s Metro retail strategy in action. 

AT has been working with commercial property company JLL to develop its vision for Devonport Wharf, and drew inspiration from Manly Wharf in Sydney as an example of a transport wharf that has been activated with retail. 

Devon on the Wharf is the pride and joy of Auckland restauranteurs Alex Isik and Nigar Iven, who are also behind the very popular Deco Eatery in Titirangi and Bodrum Kitchen in New Lynn. 

Their roots, however, are in Devonport. 

“Nigar and I began our journey in hospitality when we acquired Zigana Espresso in Devonport years ago. We are loving reconnecting with the Devonport community and we’re really proud of Devon on the Wharf. It is a beautiful space,” Alex Isik says. 

JLL retail specialist Chloe Brooks says the restaurant fit-out is top class.

“The colour scheme takes its inspiration from the ocean views, with a crisp white interior with blue and green accents throughout. They’ve used whitewashed wood, cane furniture and plenty of light and air to give the space a bright and breezy feel. Aucklanders will really appreciate this as a new and interesting all-day dining destination.”

Chief AT Metro Officer Mark Lambert says Devon on the Wharf is just the beginning of Auckland Transport’s retail strategy for public transport facilities. 

“One of the key objectives of the strategy is to enhance the experience for our customers using public transport (Metro) facilities and to attract current non-public transport users to Metro facilities.

“To be truly useful to our passengers, we specified that Devon on the Wharf needed to be open bright and early for commuters. So that means coffee will be sold from 5.30am, and the eatery will offer various grab-and-go food options throughout the day. There’s also a cold stone ice cream counter which will no doubt be very popular with summer visitors to Devonport,” Lambert says. ​

Next on Auckland Transport’s radar is the kiosk at Birkenhead Wharf. Lambert says AT has plans to find an excellent operator who can activate that wharf with a grab-and-go food and beverage outlet. 

JLL retail specialist JJ Hong is working with Auckland Transport to find the right tenant. 

“There is huge potential to service not only Birkenhead ferry commuters but also locals who enjoy walking in the area and would appreciate a good coffee and food vendor there. The harbour views from Birkenhead wharf are spectacular. Customers will be able to sit outdoors and take it all in.”

​From September 1 onwards it will be open from 5.30am until 11pm, for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

Read ​​The Register's story here