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Spotlight on: Como St Cafe, Takapuna Tower

Como Street Cafe
Makes a grand entrance to Takapuna

At Channel Magazine we love bringing you great new things in our local community. So we are thrilled to highlight a new cafe we have discovered – the Como Street Cafe.

As the name would suggest the cafe is in Como Street, on the ground floor of the recently refurbished Takapuna Tower, the building right beside the Shore City carpark, at 19 Como Street.
The makeover of the 12 level tower, previously known as Telecom Tower, is being done by the new owners, John Sax's Southpark Corporation. A striking feature of the makeover is a completely new entrance and foyer that has transformed the building. It is this foyer that is home to the Como Street Cafe.
Como Street Cafe is the brainchild of James Sax, son of John. He has a strong background in hospitality and after setting up and successfully running a popular cafe 'Industry' on the other side of the bridge he has now turned his attention to Takapuna, and is hugely excited about the venture.
"We have taken some time to plan the cafe and are thrilled with the result," said James Sax when we visited him in mid-August. "We started with a blank sheet, so the entire fit-out of the cafe is fresh and new. We have also put together a great team of foodies – mostly locals – who are dedicated to providing great coffee, great food and friendly service."
The cafe has quickly become a real focal point of the building. It must be great for those who work in Takapuna Tower to walk right through the new cafe on their way to the lifts and offices. There's a big bit of coffee culture going on. It's very good coffee as well – Allpress.
As we were chatting to James, local Shore identity Gavin Busch came past on his way to his office. Gavin is the man behind the annual Devonport Food, Wine & Music Festival and a director of New Zealand Financial Planning Limited that now has its offices in Takapuna Tower. Gavin reckons Como Street Cafe is the best cafe in Takapuna with their homemade marshmallows a real favourite.
Another regular is Jugdis Parbhu, a Partner at PKF Ross Melville who have recently moved to the 10th floor. "Yep I am a regular and it’s fantastic to have such a great café in our lobby," said Jugdis when asked for his impressions. "The coffee is fantastic, food is great and it creates a welcoming entry for all visitors to our building."
Como Street Cafe is open from 7am every weekday morning, through until 3pm. All food is made fresh on site with their 'All Day Breakfast' available until the kitchen closes at 2pm. This brekky menu has all the favourites – including toast and preserves; granola; bacon and eggs; salmon; bagels; French toast; mushrooms; hash etc.
James and his team have also put together a great lunch menu which includes a steak and bacon sandwich; chicken, Thai beef or calamari salads; Haloumi open sandwich; soup of the day; hand cut chips. Their 'fish and chip' Friday meal is proving very popular also. In addition there is a good selection of cabinet food (home made pies, sweets etc.), iced chocolates and coffees, lots of teas, smoothies, Charlies juices and Phoenix drinks.
It's one thing getting good new businesses like this on the Shore, but just as important is their desire to be part of the community, and that's the firm aim of James Sax. You can tell by his infectious enthusiasm that he is a real people person who is a natural for hospitality.
"We want Como Street Cafe to be a real 'local' that the community really enjoy," says James. "So we have already started engaging with the community with some special offers to entities like local schools etc. We have coffee cards available and out-catering is a big part of our business also. We will be very flexible as well. If we haven't got it there will be a good chance we will make it."
So folks, take our advice and get in and try Como Street Cafe during September. It is very special.
For those who would like to move their office in to Takapuna Tower – so you too can have one of Takapuna's best cafes at your entrance – there is still space available. Most with sensational views. Simply contact leasing agent Stephen Scott at Bayleys Commercial.

Como Street Cafe – 19 Como Street, Takapuna. Phone: 489-2266,

Email: or visit:

Stephen Scott, Bayleys Sales & Leasing – Phone: 0274 060 298,

by Channel Editorial