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Lion forced to temporarily close Little Creatures brewery

Lion has announced it will temporarily close its flagship Little Creatures restaurant and craft brewery at Auckland’s Hobsonville Point due to COVID Red light restrictions.

The brewery, eatery, and bar in an converted Air Force Hanger – which opened in 2019 – cost $20 million to create.

“Our last day of trading with be Sunday, February 27,” said Lion in a statement.

“Under Traffic Light Red, running a hospitality venue is uncertain and precarious.

“With the current rules, we simply cannot get enough people through the doors while we still have a lease to pay, staffing challenges and our costs continue to rise.

“We are a large venue with 750 seats and in normal times we would regularly see thousands of people through the venue over a weekend.”

No reopening date for the venue was given.

In a social media post, Little Creatures said it is committed to looking after its team.

“While our doors are shut, [the team is] taking the opportunity to retrain to lend a hand in Lion’s beverages warehouse fulfilling orders and operating forklifts, helping to get your favourite beverages out the door.

“We have not set a firm reopening date at this stage, but we hope to welcome you all back in the not too distant future.”

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