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A New Multimillion-Dollar Dining Precinct Has Opened in Morningside

Appropriately called Morningside, the new precinct will be found in an old curtain factory.
By Stephen Heard
November 13, 2018
By Stephen Heard
November 13, 2018

Another new dining precinct has landed in Auckland — this time in an old curtain factory in Morningside. Conveniently named after the city-fringe suburb it sits in, the multimillion-dollar Morningside development opened mid-November.

The McDonald Street food hall will service a capacity inside and out of 700. Joining the recently opened third outpost of dessert mecca Miann will be a local tavern, a cider bar and a community-minded cafe alongside media and tech businesses, a bridal atelier and a large glasshouse events space with eight-metre-high oak trees growing in it.

Esteemed architect Nat Cheshire, who is already responsible for changing the face of Auckland with several inner city developments, is listed as a co-owner. He says the space will "emerge and change in a way that is sustainable, so our vision is not so much an ideal finished state, but a collective that evolves with the changing landscape."

To realise that vision he's joined by several experienced hospitality and retail management locals.

Not-for-profit cafe Crave were first on the list of new tenants and will open a second outpost next door in the corner occupancy. Named Kind, the social enterprise cafe aims to make the neighbourhood a greener and healthier place to live. The eatery will be mostly plant-based with more than 50 percent of the menu marked as vegan.

Also out of the Crave community comes cider collective Morningcider. The MorningCidery will be one of Auckland's only dedicated cider bars, offering a large selection of local and international cider, seasonal cocktails and cider sangria.

Formerly a minimalist pop-up in K Road's Mercury Plaza, Electric Chicken opens its own bricks and mortar store serving a variety of fried chicken sandwiches and milkshakes. The opening is the work of Matthew Fitzgerald, owner/operator of Madame George.

Rounding off the offerings will be Bo's Dumplings, a street food eatery from the third generation dumpling masters behind K' Road's Top Café, and the brick-clad, 27 beer tap-toting Morningside Tavern from the folks at Britomart Hospitality Group.

Find the Morningside precinct at 14-18 McDonald Street, Morningside.

Published on November 13, 2018 by Stephen Heard
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