The freshly reopened New Zealander on Webster Street is featuring Bad Boy Bruce & the Blues Mob on Saturday, June 5, starting at 9 p.m. and ending at midnight.
This is the pub’s first Saturday night with a live band since it reopened recently.
The group will be playing popular tunes like ”Born on the Bayou,” “Black Magic Woman,” and “Crossfire.”
The restaurant and pub also features live music on some Thursdays, including May 20 when the Lost Cats played from 7 to 10 p.m.
The new owners of the New Zealander Restaurant & Pub on Webster Street say they hope to open in March.
But they also note that due to the time it takes to get a liquor license, new furniture and other issues straightened out, this reopening could get pushed back.
Judging from the online conversation (at yelp.com), lots of people have been wanting to know about plans for this popular Webster Street place.
Now, we are getting some answers as the new owners share news via a blog. Still, it will be a few weeks until the first beers and pies are served there.
Meanwhile, the new owners are asking fans in and around Alameda to share their views on what pub food and drink should be offered.
Just go to the pub’s blogsite and click on your responses — on the right-hand side.
Although calls to the New Zealander Restaurant and Pub on Webster Street have not been returned, there seems to be some effort to resurrect the establishment.
Conversations on the restaurant review site Yelp include a discussion about its possible return.
Mike T. of San Ramon says, ”I’m currently in the process of working with the new owner on getting this place open. We are currently looking to refresh the restaurant, while keeping the same concept and same chef.”
He notes that this effort could take a while: “We ask that you be patient with this change over as there have been paperwork bottlenecks, (especially with the liquor license), that need to get cleared up. Please visit the [restuarant's]website, which will be updated with further information, and we look forward to seeing all of you back when we reopen.”
Well OK, mates, there’s the latest. We’ll hope to see the doors open sooner rather than later.
It’s a pity the pub’s had troubles. It had the privilege of being visited by some members of the New Zealand All Blacks rugby team just late last year.
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.