Diner delight

The Dizzy Lizzy’s team from left: Tia Ajodani, Tori Frecklington, owner Liz Hutchin and her daughter Ayla Henderson

Mangawhai Heads favourite 50’s-themed eatery Dizzy Lizzy’s is expanding this summer with the opening of The Salad Box which is set to serve the many beach goers over summer.

After opening a retro ice cream parlour in the Silverdale shopping Centre some years ago, Liz Hutchin and her family made the move to Mangawhai after selling their business. 

“I always wanted to have a cafe with a fun twist — a funky American diner with a Kiwi twist.” says Liz.

The Mangawhai Dizzy Lizzy’s Milkbar is a family affair.

Liz’s daughter Ayla Henderson is manager and her husband is kept busy making all the gelato on site. Over the Christmas and summer period it’s all hands on deck with around eight staff employed.

Full of ideas, Liz saw potential to convert the space she used for storage a couple of doors down from her Wood Street site into the ‘Salad Box’.

“We will make all our own salads on site, they will range from mueslis to healthy salads — it’s about bringing people together.” Liz is looking forward to opening her doors to the public this week.

“I’m really proud of what we’ve achieved, I’m also proud of my staff and the community members knitting together. We are like the knitting needles and they’re like the wool.

“I love it here, I came here for the lifestyle but it’s the busiest we’ve been — a different kind of busyness — it’s still relaxed, but busy.”

Dizzy Lizzy’s is open Monday-Friday from 7am-4.30pm and weekends 7am-5pm. From Boxing Day onwards their hours will increase from 7am-7pm daily for four weeks.


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