Drexel’s opened their doors for business in 1986 at a time when dining out for breakfast was virtually unheard of. Yet this venture into the unknown did not daunt Norm and Vee Drexel the originators of the Drexels breakfast experience.
Vee, a Kiwi chef trained in London, and Norm who worked his way through university in American restaurants, knew that by combining their skills they were onto a winner.
And so it proved, beyond their wildest expectations from day one the people of Christchurch embraced the then revolutionary concept of breakfast dining. From the made on the premises hash browns, through to the lusciously thick Iowa pancakes and the to die for eggs Benedict, the people of Christchurch just could not get enough.
The immediate success came with its own challenges. Suddenly the kitchen was not big enough and neither was the restaurant. To meet the needs of such rapid word of mouth growth the original restaurant underwent several redesigns and expansions. Until in 2006 after 20 years of bursting at the seams the original Drexels was relocated into its current larger premises.
With the original Hereford Street restaurant still booked solid most days it was decided to listen to the people of Christchurch and provide a second restaurant. This new and upgraded restaurant opened in Riccarton in 2009.
Both Drexels restaurants survived the September 2010 earthquakes with some disruption. Then in February 2011 our city and our restaurants were shattered by another powerful quake. This was an extremely sad day for our city and also in the history of Drexels. Our original restaurant in the central city was destroyed along with much of the surrounding area. Happily all staff and customers escaped unscathed.
The Riccarton restaurant survived and quickly became a familiar refuge for customers seeking a dose of normalcy in post earthquake Christchurch.
With more than ten million breakfasts served to their devoted customers, what is it that makes Drexels such an iconic part of the Christchurch dining market. Why not come and find out for yourself what has made Drexels an essential start to a Christchurch day for over twenty five years.
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