The Rusty Pelican was the first pizzeria restaurant and sports bar in Matakana and has been serving good food, cold beer and in a warm atmosphere since 1998.
The ‘Rusty,’ as it’s lovingly known by the locals, was established by Daniel and Julie Baturic who sold it a few years later. Ten years on The Rusty Pelican, is a thriving restaurant and sports bar and has become a vibrant and popular hangout.
Daniel’s catering and hospitality ethos is behind the revived success of the iconic Matakana Restaurant and Sports Bar. He believes that generous, well-priced meals, made with fresh quality ingredients and served in a family friendly atmosphere, is the key to their winning formula.
Daniel says the restaurant now offers new menus built around what he terms ‘organic culture’. “We cannot be certified as one hundred per cent organic, but we have adopted an organic culture, which means making handcrafted natural food, using only quality ingredients and certified organic local produce where possible".
It’s a step in the right direction for local foodies and visitors alike. As well as embracing the organic culture movement, the restaurant has also undergone extensive refurbishment. The Rusty Pelican’s Sports Bar, is now ‘sporting’ a brand new look. It’s open every day for lunch and dinner, and the ambiance is light, bright, modern and comfortable. Additional seating at the front, complete with a Queenstown style outdoor fireplace, provides the perfect place to watch the world go by. There is also a rustic garden bar out the back and the new look Rusty Sports Bar offers the same menu and weekly specials as the restaurant. The combination of a large diverse menu, great value for money and the weekday and weeknight specials, keeps the locals very happy. Daniel says the changes have made the Rusty Pelican one of the busiest eateries in Matakana. “Frankly, it’s absolutely buzzing!”
As the business has evolved the team at the Rusty Pelican has also been able to give back to the community. As well as providing a welcoming restaurant and sports bar for locals, Daniel, Stu and new business partner Luke Revell, support many community fundraising initiatives and sponsor local schools, sports teams and clubs.
“We want to provide a perfect home-away-from-home for our clientele, which are local people and the increasing visitor population. Although Matakana has lots of visitors that we love to welcome and cater for, focusing on our local patrons is absolutely paramount".
1001 Matakana Road, Matakana 09 422 9122 www.rustypelican.co.nz