Replete with hospitality

Combining celebrity chefs, cooking schools and designer kitchenware with great coffee and delicious food is how one Taupo café has tackled the fiercely competitive hospitality industry and emerged a bon-a-fide local institution.

On the sunny side of Heu Heu Street sits Replete Café and Store. Its name means full, content, completely satisfied and it fits perfectly with the owner operator duo Chris and Kathy Johnston’s philosophy to provide great customer service and cabinets brimming with simple, tasty food.

However it hasn’t all been smooth sailing for the iconic Taupo café, with profits suffering from the fallout of the economic downturn. By throwing open their kitchen to host cooking classes – attracting local and international celebrity chefs - and rolling out a designer kitchenware range, Chris and Kathy have proved diversification is the key to survival.

Since opening its doors some 21 years ago, Replete has won numerous local and national awards, and continues to attract return customers.

Read more about how Replete owners thrive in the competitive and dynamic hospitality sector in Taupo.