Personal reflections on urbanism, urban life and sustainable urban design in Wellington, New Zealand.

Friday, September 01, 2006

Desperate measures

The gas outage has turned into a real crisis! Not only are thousands of people stuck with cold showers and forced to eat salad (the horror!), but the Wellington Brewing Company had to dump 8000 litres of wheat beer: enough to keep thirsty Wellingtonians satisified for several minutes. With the disaster expected to last well into the weekend, we run the risk of rioting in the streets if supplies from gas-powered coffee roasters start to run out.

So, what are our options?

Business as usual. Turn up to you favourite restaurant as if nothing had happened, but expect delays, limited menus and tepid food.

Eat outside the CBD. According to Powerco, the outage only affects the region "bordered by Thorndon Quay, Boulcott and Willis Sts, Webb St, Kent Tce and Roxburgh St." That's not entirely unambiguous (Thorndon Quay and Boulcott St do not form a border), but I gather that all of Lambton Quay and the Terrace are included. So maybe it's time to try somewhere in Tinakori Rd, Aro St, Newtown or Oriental Bay.

Eat at home. That's crazy talk!

Mmmm, pizza... Try somewhere with a wood-fired pizza oven: as far as I know, there's no manuka outage.


At 12:00 pm, September 01, 2006, Blogger Tom said...

Yes, and a lot of others too. From what Shed 5 have been saying, they've had to modify their menu and reduce bookings, and have lost about half their business. On Wednesday, Dockside couldn't do much more than salad and Sweet Mother's Kitchen couldn't do any hot desserts, so I was forced (forced, I say!) to have the Key Lime Pie instead of Bananas Foster.

At least I'm no longer in an apartment with gas hot water!

At 3:53 pm, September 01, 2006, Blogger Tom said...

No, there's no contractual obligation: must be just for you :-)

At 7:58 pm, September 02, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We went for a pub lunch on Friday, down the parliament end of town, and called ahead: the Thistle Inn had a full menu, but the Backbencher and Loaded Hog did not. The 'bencher said they could do anything except fried food--but that was kind of the point, so we went to the Thistle instead.


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