AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd’s harbour view restaurant will reopen today after closing in July last year.
The Tauranga Bridge Marina restaurant owned by the rocker has undergone a “menu makeover” since closing in winter.
Under the direction of a new head chef yet to be named, who has spent the last decade in Europe, the food is described as “eclectic fare” featuring influences from Europe, North Africa, Asia and the Pacific Rim.
Phil told SunLive changes to the restaurant have been many months in the planning.
“Dishes are bursting with clean and exquisite flavours with an emphasis on freshness.”
The restaurant will now be open for lunch and dinner and breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays, and Phil says it is the perfect place to come and enjoy two favourites – “Classic bacon and eggs” or “Breaking the fast Hash”, overlooking the marina.
He hopes it will also become a local hot spot for patrons who simply want to pop in for a relaxing drink.
The restaurant retains its advanced sound system and features Phil’s sonor drum kit on the mezzanine floor.
Phil, who purchased the restaurant in August 2011, has retained its moody feel with black suede chairs giving it that rock star feel.
Phil’s Place also caters for weddings and special occasions, and features an alfresco dining area.
Its promotional statement says “so whether you’re looking for a chic restaurant, a hip bar, or a late night see-and-be-seen hot spot, Phil’s Place caters for everyone.
The interior of Phil’s Place. Photo: Philsplace.co.nz