Introducing: Parāoa Brewing Co

From left, Cameron Knox, Zenice Gujarathi, Robert M. Knight

Live entertainment, exciting food, interesting wines and locally brewed beers are just a few of the temptations being promised by the team behind new gastropub and bar Parāoa Brewing Co, which opens its doors next month.

Local businessman Zenice Gujarathi has transformed the former Eddie Law Appliances building off Whangaparāoa Road into a 700-square metre brewpub that will be able to seat up to 450 people.

There will be several dozen beers on tap, including four new Parāoa brews – Bowhead Lager, Humpback Pale Ale, Orca IPA and Southern Porter – and a wide range of quality wines from around the world. The pub’s own beers will eventually be brewed on-site, but for the time being are being made at Laughing Bones in Silverdale.

However, Zenice says Parāoa Brewing will not be totally drink-focused, but will be more of a food and entertainment venue where people can relax and enjoy themselves.

“I’ve been talking to many people, and everyone simply wants somewhere just to hang out, take their families for Sunday morning breakfast, or listen to live music,” he says. “We’ll be the sort of place that’s currently missing from the Coast.”

Renowned Auckland chef Cameron Knox, a regular award winner at Taste of Auckland festivals, will be creating modern bistro dishes in the kitchen, promising big fresh flavours with punch.

“It will be quality food done pretty simply – upmarket bistro food with a blast of flavour,” he says.

Meanwhile, rock photographer and artist manager Robert M. Knight is curating the wine list, booking bands and comedians and sourcing top notch coffee.

“We want everything we do to be interesting and unique to the peninsula,” he says. “There’s nowhere like this on the Coast. We’ll offer the whole gamut of entertainment – jazz, blues, rock, comedy – and showcasing young talent.”

There will also be a dartboard, pool table and live screen section in the bar for sports fans, and classic rock photos by Robert and his music photographer wife, Maryanne Bilham, will adorn the bar’s wooden walls.

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