A Kiwi entrepreneur is achieving his environmental dream after buying the worst restaurant in Queenstown.
Five years ago, James Porteous, 45, returned to New Zealand after living most of his life in Japan. He was homesick – for the country and the land.
It was part of a master environmental plan that motivated him to buy a Thai restaurant unseen. The failing restaurant was behind a petrol station in Frankton, and diners inhaled diesel fumes every time the door opened.
After stepping off the plane, the first task was to persuade the power company not to pull the plug because the previous owner had not paid the bills. His second task was to remove all the tables and chairs and get rid of dine-in service.