The Paradise cafe is the brainchild of Wellington restaurateur Tim Whelan and his partner, Christine Whelans.
The cafe is a collaboration between the Whelens and Wellington’s own restaurant, The Barley Room, and is opening on Friday.
Tim WhelAN says the Paradise cafe will be different from most other cafes in the city.
“We want to give the people a sense of home, of community and we want to bring a sense in the community that this is what we do,” he said.
The Paradise cafe, which is open for lunch and dinner on Fridays, will be a “shared experience” where customers will share a meal with other patrons.
“People will get to know each other, learn and be inspired by one another.
We want people to come in and meet people, and then to have a meal and have some drinks and chat.”
The cafe is open seven days a week, but customers can also book a private meal for a fee of $120.
The restaurant’s chef, Chris Stoll, said the idea for the cafe came after the Wahlans visited the restaurant.
“It was a really beautiful day out in the bush and we just wanted to do something that was more communal,” he told the ABC.
“I think it’s a good place to go and have a nice meal with friends and then come back to Wellington.”
We’ve got this beautiful cafe, and we’re hoping it’ll become a home away from home for a lot of people.
“Tim Welan said the Paradise restaurant will be “a shared experience” with customers.”
When you walk into the restaurant, you’ll see this amazing, eclectic vibe and you’ll be able to sit down and enjoy the food.
You can go to the bar and drink a glass of wine and have something with friends.
“Tim’s restaurant partner Christine Welans says the cafe will “give people a homeaway from home”.”
The people at Paradise cafe are so kind, so welcoming, so sweet, and so generous,” she said.”
The restaurant is open 7 days aweek, and the staff are so amazing.
They really are the love of their lives.
“They’ve given me so much support in my career and I’m really grateful for that.”
Christine Whelants is happy to see more people visiting the Paradise Cafe, but she said the restaurant would be a better place if people were more mindful of their surroundings.
“You’re in a shared space, you’re at a restaurant with people, you can have a coffee and you can go for a walk around and enjoy yourself,” she told the television station.
For more information, visit the Paradise Café website.
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