Nelson Leader : August 22nd 2013
22 THE NELSON LEADER, AUGUST 22, 2013 NEWS Sushi Maker: Amy Hill loves meeting customers who buy sushi from her cart in Bridge St. Photo: JARRED WILLIAMSON Savouring sushi By JARRED WILLIAMSON The first in a series profiling those behind the food carts of Nelson Sushi may be traditionally a Japanese food but that does not bother the Filipino owner of the cart on the corner of Bridge and Trafalgar streets. Amelita Amy'' Hill bought the cart and business 10 months ago after selling her dairy in Motueka. The owner wasn't making enough money, so he had to close it for about five months last year. [But] my takings aren't so bad, so I'm not complaining,'' she says. Amy makes the sushi in her home kitchen in Richmond. The variety of sushi ranges from ginger beef to chicken teriyaki and sometimes sashimi. She says she has customers from all over the region. Before she lived in New Zea- land, Amy worked at Toki, one of the popular Japanese res- taurants in the Philippines. The restaurant had three Japanese chefs and it was there she learned the fine art of sushi. I would say sushi is quite popular in the Philippines,'' she says. She has been in New Zealand for more than 15 years after marrying a Nelson local. She has a 10-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter. I love my country, because that's where I came from, but I love the lifestyle here in New Zealand,'' Amy says. Business is tougher in the winter, but in warmer months the sushi cart is popular. The best thing about working here is meeting lots of nice peo- ple and knowing that most of my customers come back,'' Amy says. Now it's a brewery with a cafe John Duncan Founders Brewery will unveil a new-look cafe and a new range of beers on Monday. Owner and brewer John Dun- can said the opening was a re- launch of the cafe and brewery after a 10-week renovation. The new-look cafe would have more indoor seating, as well as a large glass partition, allowing people to see the brewing pro- cess. [It's] become a brewery with a cafe, not a cafe with a brew- ery,'' Mr Duncan said. The old range of beers, such as the Tall Blonde, Redhead and Long Black, would now be rep- laced by six new beers, each based on a significant moment in the family's history. The 1854 porter, for example, was to commemorate his great- great-grandfather starting the brewery, while the 2009 India pale ale celebrated his sons' involvement in the family busi- ness. The new range would empha- sis the brand's history, as well as the importance of craft beer and Nelson hops. Last year, Founders sold its brand to Auckland's Boundary Road Brewery, which would now market and distribute the beer nationwide. Founders would continue to brew for the cafe and the draught keg market, while Boundary Road would brew some packaged beer in Auck- land, he said.
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