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Heard On the Street – May 2021
Harbour House Waterfront Eatery opened briefly for in-person dining heading into Easter weekend, but afterwards downgraded to just takeout services until government-mandated restrictions are lifted once more. Located in the former Lilly Kazzilly’s space at 9550 Riverside Drive East, the newly-refurbished restaurant is owned by Kash Hasan, Patrick Kim and Dan Janik. The restaurant features a 4,000 square foot patio overlooking the Detroit River alongside Lakeview Marina, and an 8,000 square foot dining room. So far, the partners have hired 25 employees, with more to come once restrictions are eased. Their take-out options include appetizers, soups and salads along with burgers, lobster rolls, wings, perch and haddock dinners, shrimp tacos, ribs, and a variety of sides.
Owners of The Bourbon Tap & Grill, 1199 Ottawa Street in Windsor, are opening a second location in the former Torino Plaza & Banquet Hall in a newly renovated plaza at 12049 Tecumseh Road East in Tecumseh. The Owners couldn’t be reached for comment and there’s no word yet on when the new location opens. The Ottawa Street Tap & Grill’s menu features nachos, spinach dip, chip and dips and spring rolls, among a variety of appetizers. They are well known for delicious pizza from their wood burning oven. There’s also a tasty selection of burgers, a steak sandwich, steak quesadillas, a smoked pork sandwich, and the ever popular chicken wings.
Rumours that Costco Wholesale Canada is planning a new store for the Tecumseh area remain just that — rumours. A Costco spokesperson says “it’s not on the books yet and hasn’t been confirmed.” How long such plans would take to come to fruition would depend upon licensing approvals and whether or not the company owns the land in question, adds the spokesperson. Denise Pelaccia, Coordinator of the Town of Tecumseh Business Improvement Association, says she’s heard the same rumours, but nothing more, as of late April. “I’m not sure where it would go,” states Pelaccia. “There’s been a lot of construction recently along Amy Croft, but that’s more Lakeshore than Tecumseh.” An official with the Town of Tecumseh says that Costco has not made any approaches regarding locating a store within its borders. Officials from Lakeshore couldn’t be reached for comment before press time. Costco’s Windsor location is at 4411 Walker Road.
Owners of Art Expressions, which has spent more than two decades meeting the eclectic artistic tastes of area residents, have decided to close the doors and step into retirement. Terry and Laurie Argent had planned to retire in about six months anyway, but provincial government stay-at-home orders and restrictions moved the timetable up a few months. “It pushed it a little closer than we had planned,” admits Laurie. “But the time is right.” Terry comments the store will close once the building at 1519 Drouillard Road has been sold and in the meantime, they will be holding a closing sale. “Since we announced we were closing, we’ve been crazy busy,” says Terry. “For an independent business, we’ve had a long, successful run and we are very grateful to our loyal customers.” The Argents also own land in the county, which they rent out to farmers who grow corn and soy beans. “I think we will be busy enough once the store closes,” Terry indicates.
The Treasure Nook in Belle River has re-opened after being closed for a week to accommodate exterior renovations, including new stucco work across the front of both the store and Edna’s Restaurant, an adjoining business. “I couldn’t even get into the store myself because of the scaffolding and plastic wrap across the front of the store,” says owner Sandy Pepper. And with COVID-19 government restrictions in place until later in May, the store is open for curbside pickup only. Pepper adds that she’s in the process of building a website, so she’s taking orders from long-time customers over the phone. “I’m only coming in as needed now, because trying to be here every single day was draining mentally and physically,” she adds. Pepper says that business may never return to pre-COVID levels because everybody “ran to Amazon and it’s become very difficult for small businesses to survive.” The store is located at 588 Notre Dame Street.
Cotta Food Bar, a new Windsor catering company, can now be found at 3891 Dougall Avenue in a space formerly occupied by Toscana Restaurant and Wine Bar, which was later rebranded as Toscana, Breakfast, Lunch and Café. Owner Antonia Maceroni has 18 years experience in the restaurant business and is a Red Seal Certified Chef as well as a Culinary Instructor with the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board. Cotta’s catering menu includes breakfast offerings such as egg tortillas, French toast, ham and cheese croissants, waffles and pancakes, while lunch features salads, soups, pasta and panini selections. There’s also a variety of hors d’oeuvres available.
Cheesecake on a Stick has opened a second area location at 13300 Tecumseh Road East in the Green Valley Plaza. The menu features cheesecakes with a variety of toppings, including peanut butter cup, cheery crumble, strawberry shortcake, apple crisp, Oreo cookie, Ferrero Rocher, Turtles, Skor, and plain cheesecake with drizzled toppings. The original store is located at 460 Main Street East in Kingsville.