What’s the craic, Hastings? New Irish pub to open in former Public Trust building

A new Rosie O’Grady’s is set to launch in Hastings early next month, bringing an authentic and lively Irish pub experience to the expanding CBD. Located in the former Public Trust offices on the corner of Karamu Road and Queen Street, owner/operator Stefan Burt says the heritage building will provide a great venue for people looking for a fun eating and drinking experience.

Offering a traditional Irish pub atmosphere with a great menu, the new Hastings Rosie O’Grady’s will host performers, including Irish ceilidh bands, as well as a schedule of live events throughout the week, making it a perfect venue for after-work drinks, family lunches and date nights.

“We’re incredibly excited to be bringing this concept to central Hastings,” says Stefan, who will open the pub in partnership with wife Lara. “It’s certainly going to liven up the CBD with the feel-good, happy atmosphere that the brand has become known for – a thriving pub filled with good people as well as excellent staff providing great service and delicious beer.”

The opening of the new Rosie O’Grady’s, scheduled for Friday 6th August, also heralds a fresh start for the iconic listed building.  The site’s new owner, Lisa Webster, purchased the classical 1926 building last year during lockdown. “Having fallen in love with it 17 years ago when I worked next door, it has been a real passion of mine and I’m so pleased to see it reach its potential once again,” she says. “I’m thrilled that the interior of this heritage building is being restored back to its former glory and will finally be enjoyed by many more people, once again.”

Demonstrating sustainability and the upcycling of features to suit the building’s tone and atmosphere, the fit-out in Hastings will include original and transferred furniture as well as a new outside seating area, for al-fresco dining on sunny Hawke’s Bay afternoons.

Stefan says the opening of Hastings’ Rosie O’Grady’s signals the brand’s continued growth in Hawke’s Bay. “We’ve enjoyed great success with our recently opened Taradale Rosie’s and we’re looking forward to bringing the concept into central Napier as well, with a further opening planned in the former Provincial Hotel later this year.”

With his Hastings team now in the final stages of preparation, he says he can’t wait to see the pub brimming with locals and visitors alike. “We’re looking forward to it becoming a real hub for local ex-pat Irish, as well as everyone else who appreciates the craic.”


MEDIA RELEASE – Wednesday 21 July 2021