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Selwyn Times: July 04, 2018

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8 Wednesday July 4 2018 Latest Christchurch news at SELWYN TIMES News Four bars in Lincoln: Can they Lincoln now has four bars within a kilometre of each other with the opening of The Flaming Rabbit. Can they all survive? Reporter Emily O’Connell explores •The Flaming Rabbit Owner Paul Goodwin says Lincoln “needed the style” and that’s why he’s opened The Flaming Rabbit. The name is taken from a large scrub fire in Rolleston in the 1930s, spread by nor’west winds and running rabbits. And yes, rabbit, platter style, is on the menu of the new bar, which is located in the commercial area on Vernon Dr, opposite New World. Mr Goodwin, who owns the bar with his wife Tessa, is also mine host of the Merrin Street Brewery Bar in Avonhead. The bar is already getting involved in the community. Mr Goodwin said it helps with the junior section of Springston rugby and as the business grows, they “will get involved with other things”. The bar is managed by Byron Mann who says there is enough business for four bars in Lincoln. NEW: The Flaming Rabbit manager Byron Mann at the recently opened bar and restaurant. PHOTOS: MARTIN HUNTER “Everyone’s got their own personality in what they do,” he says. But if you think the competition will lead to a price war on drinks and food, don’t hold your breath. He said at this stage they’re not looking at doing loyalty cards but instead they will look after their regular customers through shouting them a wine or nibbles. •The Famous Grouse Hotel The Grouse is housed in Lincoln’s biggest building on Gerald St. It anchors the commercial area. It was rebuilt after the original 125-year-old building was badly damaged in the September 4, 2010, earthquake. The hotel is owned by the Lincoln Club, formed in 1969 as the Ellesmere Country Club. The club has 560 members who enjoy cheaper drinks prices than non-members and other benefits. The club is always on the lookout for new members. Manager Will Stock also says there is enough room for all in the town. “Lincoln is growing and it’s great to see the hospitality offering is growing with it,” he said. Lincoln’s population is expected to grow from 6500 to 9400 in 2025. Mr Stock said the bars are different, which is great for Lincoln. The Grouse is a big sponsor of community and sports groups. But competition for customers is just not at the bar. All four bars have restaurants and that is leading to changes in menus and the way things are done to get the hospitality dollar. ROLLESTON LAW Rolleston Office: 78A Rolleston Drive, Rolleston Darfield Office: Darfield Business Hub, 68 South Terrace W: T: (03) 374 2547 M: 021 148 6221 Richard Gray E: Anita Molloy-Roberts E: Kate Warren E: Keep yourself warm on these cold winter days with one of our beautiful ponchos instore now 2 McMillan St, Darfield Ph. 03 318 8734 Open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm Sat 9.30am-12.30pm Find us on Stay active this winter! Term 3 Recreation Classes – July to September 2018 With over 20 indoor classes on offer there is really something for everyone. Look out for the brochure in your letterbox* or pick one up from your local library, service centre or the Selwyn District Council. Also available on our websites. Lincoln Event Centre This term we’ve added a beginners’ spin class on Thursday evenings, so if you want to give spin a go come along and learn the ropes in a friendly, safe environment. 15 Meijer Drive, Lincoln 347 2983, Rolleston Community Centre This term we’ve introduced sign language classes for beginners so if you want to learn a new skill contact us to enrol. 94 Rolleston Drive, Rolleston 347 2882, *Rolleston and Lincoln residents only Event Centre Community Centre

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at Wednesday July 4 2018 9 all survive? Local News Now Fire rages, homes at risk The Grouse also has accommodation, with nine rooms upstairs. •The Laboratory Owner Martin Bennett said the The Laboratory has a number of points of differences including its drink, food and “the place itself.” Mr Bennett said it has 10 beers on tap which are brewed on-site. The most popular is Isotopic Pale Ale. Another point of difference is The Laboratory has no television screens. That because it’s a place where you can get away from rugby and other sports matches, he says. The Lab is not a place for first year university students. Instead it’s the post-graduate, foreign students and professors who frequent it, said Mr Bennett. He said it’s too early to tell whether the increase in hospitality will lead to a reduction in trade. “I’d like to think that Lincoln’s big enough but time will tell. I’d like to think that perhaps with more places in Lincoln, people will go out more or go out to town less and therefore we can all survive,” he said. Mr Bennett said The Flaming Rabbit is not a competitor as they both have “different offerings.” •Black Door Bar and Eatery The Black Door Bar and Eatery, which opened last year in the former Tea House site in Robert St, declined to be interviewed. WELCOME: The Famous Grouse Hotel manager Will Stock (above) and The Laboratory owner Martin Bennett. (Right) – Black Door Bar and Eatery. Recognising success in our community TAKE A BREAK FROM YOUR OVEN COME ON IN FOR A MEAL At the heart of Lincoln 2 Gerald St • 03 325 2408 Find us on facebook • OPEN 7 DAYS Win two tickets to the Gala Dinner! Tell us which nominee deserves to be the winner of the People’s Choice Award and you could win two tickets to attend the Gala Dinner. Vote online now at Let your friends and family know to vote too! Gala Dinner tickets available now! Saturday 4 August 2018, Lincoln Event Centre Come along and join MC and entertainer Jeremy Corbett in celebrating the outstanding achievements of Selwyn individuals, businesses and organisations. This will be the highlight of the Selwyn social calendar – you won’t want to miss out! Tickets: $75 Dress code: Semi formal Ticket sales close at 5pm on Friday 27 July. Gala Dinner tickets available through - Selwyn Awards. WWW.SELWYNAWARDS.CO.NZ