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

Friday, September 22, 2006

Street eats: Rawhide

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This installment in the Street eats series could almost go under the Shops that pass in the night heading as well: Rawhide has recently opened up in the space that was formerly occupied by Glow, and that was originally intended to be a fish 'n' chips shop. Rawhide eschews the healthful new-age juices and smoothies of Glow, and opts instead for a different form of juiciness: the meaty goodness of gourmet hotdogs and steak sandwiches.

Hang on, isn't "gourmet hotdogs" an oxymoron? Not when it's wild venison bangers in a sourdough roll with relish and onions. There's not much in the way of coffee or other drinks, but there's always Kaffee Eis just around the corner.

Together, they go some way towards filling in the activity gap along the Frank Kitts promenade, but the disadvantage of this sort of occasional hole-in-the wall takeaway compared to a permanent shop is that their opening hours tend to be weather-dependent and unpredictable. Thus, it's just when the waterfront needs some extra drawcard (at night or when the weather's dodgy) that they're likely to be closed. Nevertheless, as the days lengthen and the weather improves (fingers crossed!), this will be a welcome (not to mention delicious) addition to waterfront life.

I'm still hanging out for a fish 'n' chip shop, though.


At 8:12 am, September 26, 2006, Blogger Hadyn said...

The other day I went for a walk along the waterfront to catch up on what had been added during my month away.

I had a look for Rawhide but it was closed (coz it was windy and cold). What struck me was the fact that there was no signage to say that there was anything there at all. This means that they are missing out on the "let's go there when it's open" customers.

With no signage at all it just looks like a wall.

At 9:13 am, September 26, 2006, Blogger Tom said...

Exactly! At least Kaffee Eis has some signage even when it's closed, together with an indication of opening hours, so that if you wander past when it's closed you can still think "ooh, I must try that out some time".

At 9:16 am, September 26, 2006, Blogger Tom said...

I've just looked at WWL's newsletter, which describes it as "open for business on any fine day". Hmm. I know I've tried without luck to find it on days that I'd call "fine", but that's a subjective description.

At 9:55 am, October 23, 2008, Blogger Unknown said...

Funnily enough... I was the girl who worked at rawhide for the first part of 2007. Vendors aren't allowed to put signs on the outside of the boat shed doors, thats why we don't have one. Always something the irritated us no end.

However, when we took over from the original guy, we put in a coffee machine and extended the range of drinks =p when I left, we were doing well.


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