A combined restaurant has opened in Auckland, offering customers the choice of local favourites Bodrum Kitchen and Dante’s Pizzeria under one roof. The beachside location has two logos and two menus but functions as one restaurant. Diners can sit on either the Bodrum Kitchen or Dantes side of the restaurant and order whatever they want from either menu.
Alex Isik is the restaurateur behind the new concept. The owner of Nazar Group, one of New Zealand’s most successful and fastest growing restaurant groups, Isik has joined forces with the founder of Dantes, Kevin Morris and his business partner, Enis Bacova. He believes that the innovative two in one model will appeal to a broad range of diners.
“Having Bodrum Kitchen and Dantes under one roof is appealing for customers because it creates so many more choices,” said Isik. “We’ve had a lot of customers ordering a pizza from Dantes for the kids, while they enjoy some Mediterranean sharing plates and a cocktail from the Bodrum Kitchen menu. Diners can have their meal entirely their own way. We’re really pleased with how popular it has been and will be looking to launch more shared restaurants over the next 12 months.”
The Browns Bay space was designed to be beautiful yet comfortable, offering diners the perfect spot to enjoy the views of the beach and Rangitoto beyond. The restaurant opens onto an outside dining area with string lights. Mediterranean inspiration can be seen everywhere. The beautiful black and white tiled Acunto pizza oven on the Dantes side of the restaurant was handmade in Naples. A traditional Turkish mosaic chandelier forms a focal point on the Bodrum Kitchen side.
There are now three Bodrum Kitchen restaurants and four Dantes Pizzerias located in Auckland.