THE FIRECRACKER IN THE GARDEN SHED
Ruchi Thapa is a bundle of energy with a cool personality. She is determined and motivated. She has worked hard to make it as a manager in one of the villages favourite eateries and is in for the long haul.
How long have you been working at THE GARDEN SHED?
I have been working here for a year. We did an amazing job throughout COVID-19. It has brought us together as family. We are dedicated in providing the best service in Mt Eden.
I have been working in the Hospitality Industry of NZ for 7 years now and 4 years as a manager in different venues across Auckland city. When I first came in to look at this venue, I found it very captivating and gorgeous. The Garden Shed is a beautiful place to work, and the management gives you the opportunity to learn more. My manager, Nixon is the best person to work for because he has an expansive experience stretching from England to NZ. He is the General Manager of 3 awesome venues in Mt Eden and working for him has been a privilege.
Where did you grow up?
I am born and brought up in mountain nation of Nepal home of Mt Everest. After turning 18, I decided to take a leap of faith and venture out of the country on my own, at the same time I had also finished my piloting course.
I have a very big family. Some of my cousins are in Canada, USA, and Australia. When I was deciding on my career and what I want to do, my aunties in Canada were like, “come over here, you can live with us”.
But I did not want to leave one nest and go to the other. I wanted to be an independent person. New Zealand was the only country that I had no relatives, which meant I could prove something to myself. New Zealand is the country I want to call home, it is best for me, and I do not regret my decision.
Do you work long hours?
I do. It is a responsible job. People do not see what the managers do behind the scenes. You are not just on the floor, but you are also making sure that staff is getting paid, if a staff called in sick, how are you going to manage that? There are so many customer issues that you must tackle. You must think from the management side, making sure that the business is doing a great job as well as thinking from the staff’s point of view. I do think there is a lot of pressure, but it is an amazing pressure.
What was your first impression of the village?
It was amazing. I love how they support local, something we really experienced during the lockdown.
When I worked in West Auckland, I had a different experience. I had someone who tried to climb over the bar and try to hit me! Whereas in Mt Eden, after I finish my work even at midnight, I feel safe to head home. Because you see all these people daily, it feels like a family. It does not feel like work. I feel safe and happy. If you are happy, you can keep the team and the customers happy.
Can you see yourself here for a long time?
I see myself here if I do not get sacked from this job. Yes, I see myself staying here [laughs]
What is your favourite thing on the menu?
I love the fish cakes. I have never seen fish cakes and potatoes go so well together. Delicious, and the whole presentation is amazing.
THE GARDEN SHED
472 Mt Eden Rd