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The Lotus-Heart is reopening!

Along with hundreds of other businesses in central Christchurch, Gandharva Loka remains closed and somewhat homeless for now. Our world music store will reopen in Christchurch at some stage – we are just not sure when or where. It is a shared experience for many small businesses in Christchurch and one that can only be met with hope, optimism and determination. The spirit that makes Christchurch such a special place is the same spirit that will help us to accomplish the task of rebuilding this beautiful city.

The Lotus-HeartThere is always some good news though and we are very happy to be able to announce that The Lotus-Heart vegetarian restaurant is reopening this coming Wednesday (July 27, 2011) at its new location in St Asaph Street. The managers of Gandharva Loka in Christchurch, Vajin and Prasasta Armstrong, are also a part of The Lotus-Heart team and worked part-time at the restaurant in Cathedral Square. The original Lotus-Heart café, which was in the same block and two doors from Gandharva Loka, was also destroyed during the February 22nd earthquake. The building that The Lotus-Heart restaurant was in, the original Chief Post Office building in Cathedral Square, is still standing but, as with the entire central business district of Christchurch, remains unusable and closed for now.

Like Gandharva Loka, The Lotus-Heart is owned, managed and staffed by members of the Christchurch Sri Chinmoy Centre. Since April The Lotus-Heart team has been working very hard to convert and make ready an area within premises on St Asaph Street just outside the Christchurch CBD. This from The Lotus-Heart website:

The Lotus-Heart Restaurant & Tea House

We are delighted to advise that The Lotus-Heart will be open in a new location from Wednesday 27 July 2011, initially by reservation only. Kindly phone (03) 377 2727 to make a reservation or use our online reservation service.

We are eager to resume service and therefore will open with further renovations yet to come, so kindly bear with us as we fully develop our new location. Read more »

Congratulations to all those involved in the rebuilding and reopening of The Lotus-Heart!

Boxing Day Replay: Saturday 12 February, 2011

Boxing Day Replay – Saturday February 12th, 2011As many know, the Boxing Day sales of 2010 came abruptly to a halt at about 10.30 am due to the 4.9 magnitude earthquake that shook central Christchurch that morning – with aftershock on the side! It was a very sharp earthquake (some say more violent than September 4th) but it was thankfully short. Remarkably, again, no one was injured but the inner city was basically shut down while officials assessed the damage and subsequently, over 100 more businesses were closed. This was the second big hit to the business life of central Christchurch, especially in the view that the Boxing Day sales were a big opportunity for both retail businesses and shoppers.

The Central City Business Association of Christchurch has decided to have another shot at the Boxing Day Sales with a Boxing Day Replay this coming Saturday, February the 12th. Gandharva Loka will be open between 9.30 am and 4.00 pm on Saturday.


TWO HOURS FREE PARKING in all Council run city parking facilities. Visitors to the central city will be able to get the first two hours free parking in all council run off street city facilities until the end of February. Details and map here »