New Zealand’s first Green Room cafe is set to open in October, but there are concerns about the facility’s environmental impact and its future as a business.
Key points:Nancy Green has taken over the Green Room from husband-and-wife team Andy and Kate Henshaw, who have been running the cafe since January”It’s definitely a challenge to run a cafe,” Ms Green said”We’re doing it in a toxic environment.
It’s definitely not a sustainable way to do business, but it’s our only option.”
We’ve got a bit of a learning curve, because there’s been some really great feedback from customers.
“The cafe, which opened in January, will be located in the former John Lewis space on Kingsland Road.
It is expected to be a hub for coffee and tea with its own separate bar, cafe and cafe-like dining space.
The couple have been involved in the Green House cafe for nearly a year, and Ms Green’s husband Andy Henshares an assistant manager and cafe operator.
They opened the Green Rooms in February last year and Ms Henshall has been running it since January.”
It was really a struggle to get the cafe going, because the place is in a really difficult location,” she said.”
So I’m very excited about this project because we can get the Green rooms back up and running, but we can’t stop there.
“I’m so grateful that my husband and I have found a way to give our business a boost and create something for our customers.”
Ms Green said the cafe would focus on green and healthy food.
“This is a place where we have a green kitchen, so the food will be healthy and delicious,” she told RN Breakfast.
“A lot of the people that come here are from other coffee roasters, and they are really curious about green tea and coffee, so we’re going to do our best to make sure the coffee is made from green teas.”
The Green Room is one of three cafes in the city of Auckland, with the other two being the New York and Chicago cafes.