Ever since he was a teenager, Sean has been hanging out or working in cafes and restaurants, but it wasn’t until 2008 that he got a chance to build a restaurant from the ground up and open his own place in Hawke’s Bay and share his love of great food, wine, beer, coffee, cocktails and company.
For Sean it all started by spending time at his mother’s cafe in Wellington. That led to opening his own cafe & then buying ‘CBD’ restaurant in the heart Wellington in 1995. At the turn of the millennium Sean moved to Hawke’s Bay to be a part of setting up the restaurant for Sileni Estates. During his time in Hawke’s Bay, Sean has been lucky enough to be involved in setting up, opening and working for Craggy Range and The Farm at Cape Kidnappers.
“I had worked in all these amazing locations, in inspirational businesses, but I could not pass up an opportunity to build something in an exciting community. Since Milk & Honey opened it has been a real pleasure getting to know the people who live in our area, and build a loyal following of locals.”
After many years of looking after others, Sean still loves working the floor and never tires from making people smile. “The restaurant is an extension of myself, my family, and the people who work here; our guests ‘are’ Milk & Honey – I get a real buzz out of seeing people relax and treating our place like their own.”
In 2010 Sean was awarded “Front of House Personality” at the Hawke’s Bay Hospitality Awards and in 2014 Milk & Honey was awarded Outstanding Café in the same Awards.