In the resort town and tourist mecca of Queenstown, we’ll find out how hospo owners and partners Sam Gruar and Penelope Johnson have created their own thriving niche in a very crowded market, with their Iconic La Rumbla and Slowcuts restaurants and recently opened Good day cafe.
Prior to the opening of La Rumbla and Slowcuts both have enjoyed significant hospitality careers with Sam having done his time at New Zealand institutions Saffron and The French Cafe while PJ was an integral part of The Good Group team and involved in the openings and growth of their Botswana Butchery outlets.
After a stint together in Ibiza at one of the world's largest nightclubs they returned to New Zealand and have opened three outlets in quick succession. It has been an amazing hospitality story to watch.
We’re looking forward to finding out how the couple have slotted into their own roles within the business, the difficulties they’ve faced with such rapid growth and of course how they are making change in their business to ensure success in a town that now has no international tourism.