While many of us may have an opinion about US President Donald Trump, the new owner of The Good Home in Stanmore Bay can talk from first-hand experience.
Originally from Scotland, Tom Gethin worked on three occasions in the US during his university summer holidays. While in New York once, he and three fellow students were employed to work on the gardens in the Trump Tower in mid-town Manhattan.
“We worked on Trump’s own private garden and I have to say, there is only one side to the man,” Tom says. “He is just as pooh faced and pompous as he appears on TV.”
After university, Tom worked in IT security for 20 years, a job which took him all over the world. But just over eight years ago, he visited New Zealand for a friend’s wedding and, after an eight-day stay, decided to emigrate.
“It just felt like this was the place I wanted to be,” he says.
Since taking over The Good Home bar and restaurant, he has spent almost every waking hour getting to know customers, re-designing the menu and hiring new staff including a chef.
The 350spm space includes a bar and restaurant, atrium dining area and generous function room.
Tom says the menu has been expanded a little, but the real change has been in quality and affordability.
“We’ve gone for local suppliers and homemade dishes, and we’ve added in food that will keep people interested such as the homemade Yorkie Slider. There is more seafood on the menu and the burgers will take a bit of beating. The desserts are top restaurant quality but at local prices.”
The addition of live music on Sundays is proving popular and Tom has plans to introduce a monthly Ibiza-styled DJ session for the 25-year plus age group.
“This business is my hobby, my passion, my family, my life,” he says. “I want Coasties to know the business is under new management and they should come down and take a look.”