The uncrowned king of the relentless backbeat, AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has been known to pursue flights of fancy, including (at various times) owning a helicopter company, racing cars, and even crop farming. His most recent detour takes the 57-year-old metal legend into the culinary world as he prepares to open his first restaurant in Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand. According to the Bay Of Plenty Times, Phil’s Place will begin serving steak and seafood later this month.
The restaurant sits on the edge of the bridge marina, with views of Mount Maunganui, the volcanic cone that rises about the town of the same name. “We have completely re-kitted the inside,” Rudd told the Times. “I want it to be more than a restaurant – a whole dining experience. I have focused on the visuals, the sound, the smell, and of course the taste. Most of all, ’the feel.’ It will be a place that will blow your mind.”