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Restaurant Month cooks up an extension after lockdown halt

Press release
Friday 28 Aug 2020

Heart of the City has announced an extension to Auckland Restaurant Month 2020 in a move designed to support the city centre’s hospitality industry after the latest COVID-19 restrictions. 

The 10th annual showcase of Auckland city centre’s world-class dining scene was just 11 days into its month-long run when lockdown brought it to a sudden stop. 

Following discussion with the businesses involved, the hugely popular event will now run until the end of September. 

More than 120 eateries have come back on board to continue their involvement, offering over 140 special menus and offers deliciously priced at $15 or less, $25, $40 and $55 and over.

Viv Beck, Heart of the City Chief Executive, says that this is a great opportunity for Aucklanders to get a second bite of Restaurant Month, an event that Aucklanders have embraced for the last 9 years, which was proving to be a huge hit with sold out events and lots of positive commen-tary. 

“The impact from COVID on the hospitality sector has been extremely tough, which is why we are inviting people back to enjoy all the culinary experiences that this iconic city centre event delivers,” says Beck. 

“Diners can now delve back into the world of flavours and diverse dishes offered in the city centre, and by doing so they’ll make a significant difference to our businesses right now.“ 
Those who bought tickets to the sold-out Chef’s Table series, hosted by the likes of Sid Sahrawat, Michael Dearth, Kyle Street and Jordan MacDonald, will also be pleased to hear the events have been rescheduled. 

Mediterranean restaurant Vivace has been serving city centre guests for more than 25 years. Owner Mandy Lusk and the team are supportive of the extension and hope this will get the tills ringing again now the city centre has opened back up. 

“Restaurant Month was off to such a great start in early August, so it was just quite heartbreaking having to halt. We’re so excited that Restaurant Month is being extended, allowing us to pick up where we left off. Our customers will be thrilled and it’s a wonderful opportunity for the city centre’s dining scene.”

For more information on Restaurant Month 2020 in the Heart of the City, including a full list of participating restaurants, menus and offers, visit

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Notes to Editors:
For media interview opportunities, pictures, chef bios or further information please contact Eleven using the contact details at the bottom of this page. 

Heart of the City is Auckland’s city centre business association, which champions a successful centre for business and a vibrant place to live, work and visit. Heart of the City has been bringing Restaurant Month to Auckland’s city centre since 2011.

Lemongrass Productions is the Official Event Manager of Heart of the City Restaurant Month.

The event is proudly supported by Négociants NZ, Red & White Cellars and San Pellegrino & 
Acqua Panna.

For further information, please contact:
Eleven for Heart of the City
Ian Benet
M 022 169 5443 Eleven for Heart of the City
Zoe Pert
M 027 371 0774