It’s safe to say that most of Auckland’s population has been watching young business owner and the brain behind our city’s beloved cookie and milk bar, Deanna Yang’s journey with nail-biting anticipation since day one. Her four year journey to today has been a bit of a rollercoaster—a sprinkling of bad luck, a cup of good fortune, a dusting a negativity and a whole lot of determination has made Moustache Milk & Cookie Bar what it is today.
Deanna had the tough decision of closing the doors of her first outpost when her landlord raised the rent so much so, that it was impossible to stay open. With countless loyal customers behind her she managed to raise close to 100k to convert an old bus into a traveling Moustache Cookie dispenser—genius. Since then, the cookie bus has made its way down to the windy capital and they’ve opened a small offering to the city slickers and book-wielding university students on Princes Street. And now… Yes, right now, they have a nice new permanent home you ought to pay a visit to.
Its brand spanking new outpost is situated in a still-under-construction food hub on K’ Road. Its fit-out features a long bench surrounded by stools, where you’ll be able to watch their famous cookies being hand rolled and gently placed into their large commercial ovens—they’re pulled out piping out and almost sold instantly. A large neon light sets the scene while splashes of yellow bring the otherwise monochrome interior to life.
Ok, so enough with the semantics, because… Cookies. And if you haven’t had the pleasure of trying Deanna’s creations then we're going to be frank—you really need to reassess what you’re doing with your life... On offer is classic chocolate chip, white chocolate and macadamia or more inventive twists like black forest, snickers, marshmallow puff, creme brulee—any sweet combination you love, you’re more than likely to find it here, all encased in a beautiful, chewy centred cookie. And you should definitely wash it all down with a perfectly extracted brew, one of their popular milkshakes or a simple glass of chilled milk.
There were moments over its existence where Moustache didn’t look like it was going to quite make it. But with sheer passion, determination and a whole heaps of supporters rooting for their success, there’s no doubt that it’s back for good. And with a line of customers down the road and around the corner on opening day, it’s safe to say Deanna and her cookies, have a very bright future ahead of them.
To find out more details about Moustache and Cookie Bars new home, including opening hours, click here.
Image credit: Lauren Matilda Matthews