Tauranga Crossing to welcome new restaurants in 2019

Tauranga CrossingBay of Plenty’s Tauranga Crossing has released a list of new restaurants and eateries that are scheduled to open when the centre unveils its expanded area in April 2019.

Developers of the New Zealand-owned shopping centre have said key construction milestones are taking shape. Last July, they announced they are on track to meet the centre’s April 2019 unveiling.

Located over two levels, the dining area within the enclosed mall will be located adjacent to the new Event Cinemas complex. The upper level, The Observatory, will introduce a selection of firsts to the Bay of Plenty, including restaurateur Fleur Caulton and Kiwi Chef Josh Emett’s Malaysian-inspired Hawker & Roll.

The Observatory will also house the first Bird on a Wire outside of Auckland, and the first Cantina de Mad Mex in New Zealand.

The lower level, The Garden Eateries, will provide a more casual dining experience in an internal and external garden setting, featuring a variety of cuisine from around the world including Indian, Mexican, Thai, Japanese and more, according to the centre’s developers.

Several eateries will be new to Tauranga including Epiphany Cafe, Krung Thep Thai Street Food, Otto’s, Happy Valley and Kiwi Grill. Local favourites will also open at the mall including Barrio Brothers and Hello Sushi, Shamiana, Tank Juice Bar and KFC.  

Steve Lewis, Tauranga Crossing CEO, said the level of interest that food operators have shown in Tauranga Crossing reflects the confidence the wider market has in the region.

“Food and entertainment is becoming an increasingly important part of the experience customers are seeking, and this eclectic and vibrant mix of restaurants and eateries is going to add a new dimension to the centre and Tauranga in general,” Lewis said.

According to Lewis, The Observatory will stay open later in the evenings to complement the Event Cinemas complex and offer customers a place to meet family and friends with the range of relaxing dining options.

Stage two of the new shopping mall will feature an entertainment precinct anchored by an Event Cinemas complex that will house six screens and over 1000 seats, as well as the only Vmax screen in the Bay of Plenty.

Upon completion of the mall’s expansion in April 2019, the 45,000sqm shopping complex will house 27 restaurants and eateries along with another 80 fashion, general merchandise and service retailers including the two-level mall galleria and dining area. The shopping centre complex will be serviced by more than 1700 carparks.

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