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Christchurch cafes and restaurants on road to recovery

The number of restaurants and cafes open in Christchurch has dropped by almost 20% since the February 2011 earthquake but the industry is starting to show signs of recovery.

According to figures released by Statistics New Zealand there were 681 cafes and restaurants in Christchurch before the earthquake and just 551 one year after, with 810 less people employed in the industry as a result.

There were 133 pubs, taverns and bars in Christchurch before the earthquake and 115 afterwards.

Business infrastructure and performance manager Hamish Hill commented: “In Christchurch as a whole there were almost 20% fewer cafes and restaurants but over 10% more business locations associated with house construction.”

The news comes after a number of Christchurch restaurants have recently reopened. As reported by The Press, The Twisted Hop has reopened in Woolston after its former home in Poplar Street was damaged.

Café Valentino reopened in St Asaph Street this month and one of the oldest restaurants in Christchurch, Pedro’s Restaurant, has reopened in a temporary container in the car park of Liquor King Carlton on Papanui Road.

The Press also reports that Christchurch City Council has been inundated with applications for new liquor licences from restaurants and bars looking to open in the central city ahead of the busy summer season.

It seems Christchurch’s hospitality industry is well on the road to recovery.

More Christchurch restaurants open for business.

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  1. 616/618 Ferry Road, Woolston, Christchurch City, Canterbury
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  3. 168 St Asaph Street, Christchurch Central, Canterbury

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