Andy Ruzich

Raised on a dairy farm, you wouldn't expect Andy to have grown up as such a keen free diver, scuba diver and fisherman, but from a long line (no pun intended) of hunter gatherers, the whole family shared a love for our coastline and every spare weekend was spent in or on the water.

After starting a small weekend job in a bar, Andy's love for the hospitality industry flourished, and he went on to open and own Coyote Street Bar in Tauranga for four years. A return to Auckland saw Andy working with industry stalwarts, Sky City Group, and later Showcase Hospitality for a collective eight years, and Andy credits these experiences with giving him the knowledge he has today.

The opportunity to own Regatta with business partner and local Takapuna hospitality figure Steve Shute, was too good to miss. Sharing his love for seafood and the sea, Regatta is a dream come true for Andy, and he hopes for the bar and eatery to one day become an iconic part of the Takapuna community.