Heard on the Street April 2017
Serial entrepreneur Mark Boscariol has plans to open a brewery and brew pub in a downtown space formerly occupied by Chanoso’s Restaurant, 255 Ouellette Avenue, Windsor. The brewery will take over space in the newly-renovated basement with the pub occupying the 80 seat ground floor. Boscariol says he expects to be open in September, but is still casting around for a name for the venture. “I’m usually pretty good at coming up with a catchy name, but I’m drawing a blank on this one so far,” he says (at the time of writing). Boscariol has hired Ryan Hughes, who will continue in the same role at Craft Heads Brewing Company and Motor Craft Ales, as Brewmaster. Boscariol describes to Biz X that he will start with eight taps, including three for his own brews with the remainder dedicated to local craft beers. Eventually, he expects to have 16 taps, all for local beers. “I’m a huge fan of our local micro-brews and I believe they deserve to get as much exposure as possible.” His own beer selections will be exclusively available at this new venture as well as at The Willistead, Boscariol’s Walkerville eatery on Wyandotte Street East.
Social media posts in March reveal a new place to eat in downtown Windsor will soon open its doors. On A Roll Sushi & Sliders at 63 Pitt Street East, owned by father and son team Lucky and George Stratis, will be an intimate sushi and cocktail lounge serving lunch, dinner and late night diners. Get updated information on the grand opening date on Facebook under “On A Roll Sushi and Sliders.”
Members of Windsor’s Greek Orthodox Community expect to move into their new community centre and church at 3052 Walker Road in Windsor, by December, says Panos Sechopoulos, President of the organization. Members have been holding church services at the Greek Orthodox Church on Ellis Street and spreading their community activities between the church’s basement and other halls across the city, since losing their original home on Highway 3 to the Herb Gray Parkway in 2009. “It’s been a long process,” says Sechopoulos. “And I think the members are looking forward to the move and seeing the new building.” Built at a cost of about $7.5 million, the new building includes community rooms, a church, a member’s lounge and classrooms. The community received $14 million from the province for its old 12 acre property and later bought the Walker Road site for $4.3 million.
A farewell event at the Canadian Anglo Club at 1211 Lauzon Road in Windsor takes place on the weekend of May 20-21, marking the end of an era, informs club President Geoff Lambert. “The club has been in operation for about 45 years, but with dwindling membership figures and a general drop-off in support, the members decided to cut their losses and sell,” says Lambert. The building and adjacent property was sold a year ago to Dr. Matthew Duronio, who operates a dental practice at 1169 Lauzon Road. The club has been leasing the building for the past year but will close down following an open house in May. “We will most likely follow that event with an auction to try and sell everything in the building,” Lambert mentions. Plans to dissolve the membership corporation are proceeding, he says, and any remaining proceeds from the sale after expenses will be shared among qualifying members.
Heard on the Street April 2017 continues here.