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Alameda’s New Zealander Pub: Closed

Friends and neighbors of the New Zealander Restaurant and Pub say the popular West Alameda spot closed its doors in late January.

The New Zealander had been open for several years at 1400 Webster Street, next to Croll’s Pizza in the Croll’s Building.

 The proprietors were Clive and Donna Hitchens. The pub’s website explains that Clive was named New Zealand’s Chef of the Year in 1988.

Bands like “The Lost Cats” played there regularly on Fridays.

We are looking into what factors, like the weak economy, may have contributed to its closure.

Janet Levaux

  • http://www.iansweb.com Ian

    When you find out the reasons why, please let me know. I had reservations for today (1/31/10) which I’d made only 2 weeks ago, only to show up and find out the place was closed. Needless to say, I was very disappointed. (so were the other 12 people I’d invited to my birthday dinner.)

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  • http://www.siliconvalleystock.com Michael Halberstadt

    For a while there was a sign up stating gone on vacation. However the sign is gone, and the New Zealander appears closed…perhaps for good? Unfortunate as the NZ was a rather unique institution. And there isn’t too much else of note on this corner of the island.

  • JT

    someone at the door said they were changing owners and will be open in a couple of weeks.