It's not been a good period for local Wellington Cafe's - first the Lyall Bay Maranui Cafe burns down, then I hear Eva Dixon's has closed down.
Bit of background - Eva Dixon's is right around the corner from the Weta Workshop, and specifically the Weta Cave (probably more relevant to visitors to NZ). It was often frequented by pretty much everyone at Weta at one time or another. One senior Weta Animator, Jason Schleifer, talked about it as "the Weta Cafetaria".
Originally named after the two streets it was located on (Eva Street and Dixon Street), there's been a few of them around town - including one at the Wellington Zoo, which closed its doors earlier this year. I'm still trying to ascertain whether there's an Eva Dixon's Cafe still open somewhere. None of my phone numbers are being picked up but I may just have called at a bad time.
The good news (for coffee lovers, anyway) - the premises have been turned into a new cafe called The Larder, which also serves lunches (no idea of the quality yet as I haven't been there - expect a report soonish), as well as the prerequisite coffee. The new owners, Jacob and Sarah, are ready to serve the crew again, and have been doing so for the past two weeks or so, apparently!
I'm guessing The Larder will become famous as The Hobbit Cafe in the next year or two. You heard it here first. :)
- Jack M.