Greek food brings comfort to post-earthquake Christchurch in New Zealand

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Greek food brings comfort to post-earthquake Christchurch in New ZealandGreek New Zealanders have always been a very active community reinforcing the historic ties between the two nations and certainly boosting tourist inflows over the years

Two brothers whose much-loved Greek-food business was among the first to rebuild after a devastating earthquake hit Christchurch, New Zealand, are on the move, according to the following article by

Dimitri’s Greek Food Caravan — a long-standing fixture in Christchurch — will soon be leaving the city’s Re:Start container mall to be part of continuing regeneration work in a recently built farmers’ market.

Brothers Nick and Dimitri Merentitis have been serving their famous souvlakia in the South Island city since the mid-80’s.

Colored in the distinctive blue and white of the Greek flag, Dimitri’s was one of the first businesses to reopen after 185 people died and 80 percent of the city’s business district was destroyed during the 2011 Christchurch earthquake.

After a specific request from the council, Dimitri’s became part of the Re:Start container mall which included vibrantly decorated shipping containers that saw locals, as well as tourists from all over the world, visit the precinct.

The Riverside farmers’ market which opens later in the year is being constructed where Dimitri’s served their famous souvlakia; the Merentitis’ brothers have again been invited to be part of the city’s ongoing transformation.

“The police and the army blocked all the roads, so we couldn’t go back to our shop for months.”

Jenny Barnes, who works in Christchurch’s Quake City Museum says having Dimitri’s as part of the new farmers market was significant in linking the city’s past and future.

“When you have lost so much it’s great to have the continuity,” Barnes notes.

“Dimitri’s is well loved in Christchurch. It’s a comfort for people coming back into the city to be connected with old Christchurch that follows through to new Christchurch and you can get a sense of home.”

Read more here.

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