Innovative Mexican restaurant Zambrero is one of the incoming tenants at The Landing shopping centre to have chosen multi-award winning construction company Rilean to fit out its restaurant.
With The Landing’s official opening just days away, Rilean – which is the main contractor for the development – is now working closely with some tenants to fit out internal spaces.
Franchise owner Yevrah Ornstein said his experience of working with Rilean during the build was “extremely positive”, which is why he chose to continue the relationship during fit out.
“I found Rilean really easy to deal with. The guys on the ground knew their stuff and I felt certain they’d do a great job,” he said.
“When I asked a tradesman how it was to work for Rilean, and he said “they really look after us” and was nothing but complimentary, this instilled in me great confidence.”
Ornstein is a Queenstown local and said supporting local businesses was paramount to his business ethos.
“It’s important for me to patronise local businesses and Rilean is the epitome of a local business in the sense of its passion, knowledge and experience.
“Rilean was extremely welcoming to my suggestions. We identified some unused space above one of the toilets that could be potentially used as storage, and they were very accommodating of my desire to use the space.
“I’m delighted with the result — its hip, smart, fresh and clean – and won’t date too quickly.”
It seems the feeling is mutual as Rilean Construction managing director and shareholder Steve McLean said Zambrero has been a “dream fit out”.
“The drawings were easy to work from, making our life much easier when providing a quote, and Zambrero was generally a very positive and proactive client,” he said.
“Being the main contractor on site gives us easy and early access to complete the inside of the unit, meaning Zambrero will be ready to trade as soon as we’re done.
“We’ve very proud of how well the construction of The Landing has gone and this pride is carried through to any fit outs we do. Zambrero’s a fine example of this.”
Located in Frankton near Queenstown Airport, stage one of The Landing was completed in December 2014 and main contractor Rilean is currently putting the finishing touches to stage two, set for completion mid-April 2015.
Zambrero is a quick-service restaurant franchise that sells healthy, fresh and nutritious Mexican food to support humanitarian projects in Africa, Asia, the Americas and Australia. Formed in 2005, restaurants can be found in Australia, New Zealand and Thailand.
Queenstowners will be lucky enough to experience the Zambrero concept for themselves when it opens at The Landing in April.