Client Focus: Costas Taverna

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There is only one thing that we love almost as much as Xero at djca and that is great food and drink. And boy do we count ourselves lucky to have Costas Taverna as one of our clients! Straight from the guys at Costas, here is a bit about how they came to be so darned popular in Christchurch.

Tell us a little bit about Costas Taverna…

Costas Taverna is a place to celebrate the simple joys in life… family, friends, conversation and great food. We will always do our very best to ensure you receive great value, fast, efficient, friendly service, and outstanding food sourced from the best and freshest local and imported ingredients. We believe that eating great food, in good company is one of life’s greatest pleasures, so we want you to sit back, relax and celebrate the moment!

Where do you operate?

Costas Taverna is now operating on Cranford Street 478 shop 3 in Christchurch. We are open 7 days from 5pm till late.

Why did you choose to get into that industry?

In 1904, in a small village near the bank meadows of the river Evros, Greece, the Lakakis family developed a passion for cooking. Not with the advanced cooking methods used today; but it was honest. It was the best food the Village Kiani had ever tasted. Food is something that we have been incredibly passionate about for many decades. We have literally poured our hearts into every detail within our restaurant. Watching our guests enjoying our hospitality is absolutely priceless for us, that is why we are in the restaurant business.

What is one piece of advice for business owners in your industry? Can you share any lessons learnt from business struggles or challenges that you’ve overcome?

Control your numbers using a food and beverage costing calculator and good stock control. The use of Xero to form an accurate budget will do wonders for you.

What accounting system (if any) were you using before moving to Xero? How did that compare to Xero?

We didn’t have one. We used to use Microsoft Office Excel and we worked closely with our accountant who managed it for us.

We hope that with Sidekick on board taking care of your accounts, you have found more time to do the things you really enjoy. So what is it that you love to do with your spare time?

We love to take mini holidays to relax and unwind.

Do you have any deals or specials that you’d like to share?

October is coming up with some exciting promotions at Costas Taverna. Monday is 2 for 1 Souvlaki Platters (Regular), Wednesday 2 for 1 Cocktails or Coolers all night and Sunday kids eat free from 5 pm to 6:30pm. You can find our promotions and deals on our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/CostasTaverna and on our Website www.CostasTaverna.co.nz