The Rutherford Cafe
is in the Copthorne Rutherford Hotel, Trafalgar Square, Nelson. Around the walls is a
display of Rutherford's life and work, an outreach of the Rutherford Birthplace Project.
It is one of only two places in New Zealand where a replica of Rutherford's nobel medal
may be seen. The hotel was built as the DB Rutherford hotel, DB being the name of the
brewery owner (Dominion Brewers). This had overseas visitors wondering who D B Rutherford
was. Some Rutherford relatives, who wrongly assumed Ern had been a teetotaller,
unsuccessfully demanded that the name be dropped. After the hotel was purchased by the
Quality Inn chain the Rutherford name was dropped, against the wishes of many staff and
others. It was later reinstated by public demand at the time of a major refurbishment of
the foyer area. This included the building of the Rutherford Cafe.