Wednesday, 20 March 2019


Lunch and a pint while taking in the progress of Whitianga's Town Centre Upgrade.

This week Thames Coromandel District Council profiled the team at Frankies Sports Bar & Grill, to see how they were coping with the changes to Albert Street, as a result of the Town Centre Upgrade. They met with Brent and Sheeree Prisk, joint owners of Frankies with Paul and Fleur Clayton. 

Relatively new business owners, since November 2017, they were fully aware of the plans for the Town Centre Upgrade at the time of purchase and have been adjusting to the works.

With works happening right outside their door, they made mention that for their customers it's made great conversation while they're having lunch and a pint.

Brent and Sheeree noted that it has definitely become quieter since Easter, but being new to the business, they weren't in a position to know whether the works were causing any extra pressure on winter turnover.  They are appreciative of their loyal patrons who still make it down for happy hour (or happy 3.5 hours) which runs from 3:00 - 6:30pm weekdays, along with 'Jugs Out Thursday' where jugs of beer are $10.00 all day.

Being classic car enthusiasts themselves, on the first Sunday of every month they host the American Muscle Club for a $10.00 breakfast.

The classic cars of Club members and other attendees can be parked around the town and down the service lane while the works are underway. 

Frankies's owners say they can't wait for the time when these classic cars can park along the main road and all enjoy breakfast around the new look Town Centre.

Brent is also keen to see more information on the design and stone and pavers that may be used.

With 8 staff through winter and double that number in summer, they still find time to sponsor a few local groups, including the Mercury Bay Rugby and Sports Club and the Power Boat Racing which is coming to town this weekend on 12 May. They also get behind the Mercury Bay Golf Club and are helping a young local lad, Joshua Reihana towards his goal of raising funds to attend the Hillary Leadership Course in Tangariro, just to name a few of their give backs to their local community.

Obviously they're looking forward to the completion of the works and feel it is only going to be good for the town in the long run, while working through the current work in progress.

So pop on down and support Frankies, while enjoying a coffee, lunch, a beer or a wine whilst getting a front row seat to the work in progress.

You can find out more on their website here.



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