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.