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Terrace Tavern opens in Christchurch’s newest hospitality strip

3 April 2018

The Terrace is now home to a bar and restaurant serving contemporary bistro items with a Pacific influence.

Terrace Tavern, which is Christchurch entrepreneur Richard Sinke’s latest venture, is found on the corner of Oxford Terrace and Oxford Lane.

Sinke has been in the hospitality business for 40 years and was the founder of Christchurch's popular and iconic Dux de Lux, which was forced to close due to the 2011 Earthquakes.

Dux de Lux was a forerunner of the craft beer industry, opening its own onsite brewery in 1989.

It was also one of the first restaurants in Christchurch to focus on vegetarian and pescatarian cuisine.

At Terrace Tavern, diners are treated to “feel-good dishes”, which celebrate Canterbury lamb, Wakanui beef, Akaroa salmon and Kaikoura octopus.

The bar offers Dux beers, New Zealand wines and bespoke cocktails.

Sinke says when the opportunity arose to open Terrace Tavern, he didn’t hesitate.

“We wanted to continue to deliver world-class hospitality to this world-class city – and to be able to open on The Terrace is a dream come true," he says.

“Just like our other venues, Terrace Tavern will be known for its friendly character, plenty of interaction – we have an open kitchen, guests can literally talk to the chefs – and great food.”

Dux Group’s other ventures are Dux Dine, Dux Central and The Poplar Social Club.

Sinke’s wife, Lisa, is responsible for all the establishments’ interiors.

For her latest fit-out, she drew inspiration from a large curved window at the front of the building, which she brought into the interior through the inclusion of round shapes.

Further influences came from overseas visits to San Francisco and Europe, she says, "but still with that unique welcoming and inviting kiwi and Dux vibe".

Terrace Tavern is open seven days, from 11am until late.

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