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HEARD ON THE STREET NOV-DEC 2019 – Vine + Ash, New Restaurant

HEARD ON THE STREET NOV-DEC 2019 – Vine + Ash, New Restaurant Situated at Site of Second Mamo Burger

Ryan and Tina Odette, Owners of Mamo Burger Bar, 1515 Ottawa Street in Windsor, have launched Vine + Ash, a new restaurant situated at 13430 Tecumseh Road East in Tecumseh on the site of their second Mamo Burger, which has closed. The new restaurant, which opened in mid-October, focuses on locally-sourced food and beverages under a farm-to-table concept. Appetizers include beef tartare, chicken liver mousse, rice cakes and a charcuterie board and small plates featuring grilled shrimp, squid ink fried calamari, chicken wings and fried Brussels sprouts. Entrees include grilled octopus, beef strip loin, pan-roasted barramundi, lamb ribs and roasted duck breast.

Petretta Construction breaks ground in November 2019 on a 510-room residence on the grounds of St. Clair College along Talbot Road on Windsor’s far west side. President Davide Petretta says his company is working with Z Modular, a U.S. based company that specializes in modular construction projects. “Each suite will contain eight bedrooms and will be fully-constructed off-site and delivered to us complete with furnishings,” adds Petretta. “These are not the fabricated buildings of old.” Petretta explains they are built to exacting tolerances to make them easier to stack and connect. “We will have to make all the plumbing and electrical connections, but it certainly speeds up the construction process,” he says. He hopes to have the project ready for occupancy by September 2020. In the meantime, construction has also begun on two more Petretta projects in Lakeshore — a 4,600 square foot commercial building housing a Freshii, Baskin Robbins and Taco Bell in front of the new Food Basics store, also developed by Petretta, off Manning Road, and a $20 million 105-room Holiday Inn Express and Suites just minutes away on Amy Croft Drive. “It’s all a good sign for the local economy,” Petretta states. “We have been very busy out of town in recent years and to see these projects coming on line locally is very encouraging for us and local municipalities.” Tecumseh Golf will likely remain where it is on Manning through the spring before moving to an as-yet undisclosed location in time for next summer.

A long-time town of Tecumseh restaurant situated at 12058 Tecumseh Road East — previously a Gilligan’s location and most recently, The Broken Egg — has now been transformed to become Railside Jack’s Grill & Bar. Rej Gascon, who was involved in Eastwood’s Grill & Lounge in downtown Windsor for a while, purchased The Broken Egg in January of this year. “I just decided to try and focus more on a lunch and dinner crowd while still serving breakfast,” explains Gascon, who opened the rebranded restaurant in early October. “I also wanted to try and add some more menu items and experiment a little more with the food options.” Gascon has added brisket and slow-cooked St. Louis-style pork ribs to the menu. He’s also updated the décor, added more artwork, menu chalkboards and television sets. Gascon’s still working on a website, which will outline the menu and hours of operation.

After just two years, Jessica Ryan had to look for a larger location for her Siblings Consignment Shop at 818 Ottawa Street in Windsor. “I wanted to stay on Ottawa Street,” says Ryan who is moving just a few doors down by the beginning of 2020. “It’s a great neighbourhood and my customers love the location and they’ve been really supportive, so I didn’t want to move too far.” Ryan adds that when she opened, she never expected to be so busy so quickly. “You always hope to be successful when you open a business, but you never really expect it, so this has come as a nice surprise,” she expresses.

John and Debbie Filippakis, new owners of Karen’s 4or Kids shoe store, 1647 Ottawa Street, take over January 1, 2020 from retiring owners Arnie and Jack Blaine; but the store isn’t likely to re-open for business until March 1. Debbie explains that because the store was slated to close upon the Blaine’s retirement, no fall or winter orders were placed and she’s had to play catch-up with spring and summer orders. “We also have to renovate the store a little, but otherwise, it will be business as usual,” she adds. The store’s name will remain the same. John and Debbie have operated Etta’s Greeklish Eatery, 5975 Wyandotte Street East for a number of years and were looking for a lighter physical load because of some health issues. “I’m excited, happy, sad and scared all at the same time,” says Debbie. “I’ve always been up for a challenge and doing something new so I’m happy for that reason, but Riverside has been such a great neighbourhood for us and it’s sad to be leaving it behind.” (note at the time of writing the restaurant was listed for sale)

Mumma’s Burritos, a small, but growing, chain of Mexican restaurants, will soon have four locations in the Windsor area. The company, based in Brampton, recently opened a restaurant at 13300 Tecumseh Road East in Tecumseh and has another planned soon, according to the company’s website, for 1451 Lauzon Road, where they will be renting space from Precision Car Wash. The other Windsor locations are at 3222 Dougall Avenue and 1500 Huron Church Road. Other Mumma’s restaurants are located in Brampton, Oakville, Aurora, Mississauga and Grande Prairie, Alta. with others scheduled to open soon in Etobicoke and Aurora.

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