Steve and Sarah Kelly, house owners of Market St Bar and Eatery in Napier, have received the Supreme Award on the Napier CBD Star Awards. Photograph / Warren Buckland
It has been a difficult journey, to say the least, for Napier’s Market St Bar and Eatery.
Couple Steve and Sarah Kelly opened the favored venue in mid-2019 and have since navigated the Covid pandemic, Cyclone Gabrielle and a downturn within the financial system, which have all hit the hospitality trade.
On Wednesday night time, they got one thing to cheer about, selecting up the Supreme Award on the Napier CBD Star Awards.
The judges labelled the venue “the entire package deal” and recommended its “community-minded method and distinctive internet hosting abilities”.
Steve stated they had been “completely blown away” to be recognised, significantly after a difficult yr.
“Now we have owned bars and eating places since 2006 and I must say this yr particularly has been one among our more difficult ones.”
He stated it was a credit score to your entire workforce, which consists of about 32 individuals.
“The workforce had been simply fizzing. It was a little bit of a pinch-yourself second.”
They liked exceeding individuals’s expectations and “our aim is to be any person’s favorite place to go”.
Well-liked dishes embrace Hawke’s Bay lamb, which options Arataki honey, and pub meals resembling hen popcorn and burgers.
Market St Bar and Eatery is in a heritage constructing previously occupied by The Cri bar and grill, which closed in 2013.
Steve stated it had been a “labour of affection” to get the constructing able to reopen in 2019. The couple additionally had plans to open a brand new bar and eatery in Napier subsequent yr.
Hapī Ora cafe was the runner-up for the Supreme Award.
The annual Napier CBD Star Awards is organised by Napier Metropolis Enterprise Inc. It celebrates companies throughout all industries within the CBD.
THE 2023 WINNERS
Supreme Award: Market St Bar and Eatery
Individuals’s Alternative Award: Cool Toys
Digital Star Award: Cuteneys Desserts
New Enterprise Award: Treehouse Meals NZ
Group Spirit Award: Hapī Ora cafe
Workforce Award: Market St Bar and Eatery
Hospitality Award: Teresa Cocktail Bar
Buyer Service Award: Hallenstein Brothers
Enterprise Companies Award: The Workforce – Finance, Insurance coverage & Property
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