A ‘Mr Don’ props himself at the edge of the bar and sips on his usual pint.
He’s been doing this at 305 Maunganui Road for decades – swapping banter over a beer with people behind the bar at what is now Mount Social Club.
“He’s a regular customer who has been coming here for decades,” says Mount Social Club owner Lucas Fleury.
“Don is one of many longtime customers who have shared history and stories of different styles of bars and restaurants, and who we have met previous customers, owners, and employees through.”
The iconic building has been a restaurant and bar in Mount Maunganui since the 1970s.