Giddy-Up! – it’s New Zealand’s first fast food mussel bar.
The brainchild of Heith Cheeseman and Maxine Stephenson, Giddy -Up! is a tapas-style eatery on Manners Street in Wellington that serves up Greenshell mussels as the hero of their menu.
“It’s not a restaurant, it’s not a café, it’s not a tavern – the council didn’t even know what category to put us in,” explained Giddy -Up! joint owner Heith Cheeseman.
“We’re a walk in, quick- food mussel bar that also serves alcohol; craft beers, wine and sangria. “Greenshell mussels are iconic to New Zealand – they’re healthy and tasty and there’s nowhere else in the world that you can eat them fresh.
“We get a lot of local mussel lovers coming in, but we also get a lot of tourists who are coming in specifically looking to try fresh New Zealand Greenshell mussels. Sampling small plates of food is a really nice way of eating rather than gorging yourself on a three-course meal and we particularly love mussels.”
“We’re unique in our design, in the service and the systems we use,” said Heith.
All of which are immediately obvious to diners when they see the table tops made of old car bonnets, a motorcycle and side car in the corner and watch the cashier send their order to the kitchen by speaking into a funnel attached to a long hosepipe.
The name Giddy-Up! is a play on the fast food concept.
“You can be in and out in a relatively short time – Giddy-Up!” Said Heith.
“It’s affordable, it’s delicious and it’s good for you and all dishes are gluten free It’s the ultimate fast food.”
It’s still early days for the bar but Heith and Maxine are becoming fulltime ambassadors for our mussels.
“We want to represent mussels for New Zealand….we’d have a Giddy- Up! bar in every town around the country if we could. “