PHOTO: Ed Verner, the owner of the award-winning Auckland restaurant Pasture
Ed Verner, the owner of the award-winning Auckland restaurant Pasture, has announced the sudden closure of his establishment due to personal reasons. In a statement, he mentioned his love for the hospitality industry, but acknowledged the challenges it presents. Pasture, a high-end restaurant in Parnell with only seven seats, has been in business for seven years. Verner revealed that his partner is currently receiving specialist treatment for a health issue, and the hospitality sector has not fully recovered from the impact of Covid-19.
Verner explained that being a chef-owner can often be an impossible job, requiring one’s absolute dedication. This becomes even more difficult when health and family life demand attention at the same time as the business. Pasture requires customers to pay deposits for reservations and offers event tickets and gift vouchers. Verner assured customers that refunds would be provided, and they are being processed as quickly as possible.
With guests seated at a counter facing the kitchen, Pasture is a small, seven-seat degustation restaurant. Tasting menus generally cost between US$320-US$375 per person, depending on the ingredients and menu length, with drinks being additional. One Auckland resident who had spent US$1000 on tickets for a themed dinner next month expressed concern about the lack of proactive communication regarding refunds.
Verner said he was touched by the outpouring of kindness, warmth, and support following the announcement of Pasture’s closure. The restaurant has given him both the hardest and happiest times of his life, and he is already missing his staff and working with his team. He looks forward to returning to the industry he loves, which is made up of wonderful and talented people.
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