Heard On The Street September 2019
Organizers of a protest designed to bring attention to dangerous driving conditions along Highway 3 say it will go ahead September 7 despite a recent pledge by the Ontario government to twin the highway after years of promises and delays. The motorcycle protest was originally planned to honour the memory of Tyler Knight, a motorcyclist who was killed in a head-on collision on the highway earlier this summer. Drivers of cars and other vehicles have also been invited to attend the protest. It’s expected that participants will meet at the intersection of Highways 3 and 77 and proceed in a safe and orderly fashion up and down Highway 3 for most of the day. Accidents are a regular occurrence along the two-lane portion of the highway and politicians, drivers and residents of the region have called for it to be twinned, for many years. Organizers of the protest couldn’t be reached for comment by press time. For the latest details check Facebook.com under “Highway 3 protest bike ride windsor/essex county.”
Building a new business by utilizing their Hispanic and South American heritage, Mynor Rosales and Roberto Garcia have opened Chicano’s Tacos & Tequila, in Amherstburg, in a space formerly occupied by Dalhousie Bistro. Rosales, who was born in Guatemala, and Garcia, who was born in Costa Rica, both felt that Amherstburg lacked a truly authentic Mexican restaurant. “We both spent time living in Mexico and we decided to take a chance and open up our own restaurant,” explains Rosales. “It was Roberto’s idea and he invited me to join him.” Both spent some of their childhood years in Mexico and ultimately met after they moved independently to Ottawa. “But, for a South American, Ottawa’s climate wasn’t very nice,” says Rosales, laughing. “I moved to Windsor in 1996 mostly for the climate and Roberto soon followed,” he tells Biz X. The restaurant, situated at 219 Dalhousie Street, specializes in chimichangas, burritos, quesadillas, fajitas, soups, salads and tacos. On the adult beverage side, it features tequila, sangria, beer, specialty cocktails and margaritas. “There is nothing fast-food about our place, because everything is cooked fresh and made to order,” says Rosales. “Everybody so far believes it’s worth the wait to get authentic, fresh Mexican food.” To view the menu and see their hours of operation, visit their social media page: “Chicano’s Tacos & Tequila” on Facebook.
Also out in the ’burg, the owners of Waterfront Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt, 229 Dalhousie Street, have partnered with Chef Bill Deslippe of Smashed Apple Catering in a new business venture. Waterfront’s successful husband and wife team, Jen and Justin DeLuca, along with the Chef, are preparing to open The Perch Pit. This stationary food truck will be located directly behind the gazebo on the grounds of the ice cream shop. What’s on the menu? Lake Erie perch of course! As well, hand-cut fries and four other menu options, created by Deslippe, will be offered. The trio initially hoped to have the food truck (also a seasonal business) up and running in May of this year, but only recently received the necessary approvals in mid-August, by town council. Whereas opening The Perch Pit this current season would be a dream come true for the young entrepreneurs, due to the amount of work on their plates, you’ll most likely have to wait until spring 2020.Continuing on with updates for all the foodies out there, Owners Ryan and Tina Odette have closed their Mamo Burger location at 13430 Tecumseh Road East in Tecumseh. However, there are plans to open a new restaurant featuring seasonal local foods, craft cocktails and wines. The couple were unavailable for comment by press time to talk about what’s cooking for the new concept. Their first Mamo Burger restaurant at 1515 Ottawa Street in Windsor remains open and celebrates its sixth anniversary this month. The restaurant features signature burgers plus a variety of sides and salads.
Mary-Anne Bjorkman has decided to step away from her fashion businesses in Essex and focus on a new venture with husband Stephen – The Wreck at Colchester Harbour, a casual seasonal dining restaurant on Lake Erie. For years, Bjorkman had owned Just Plus and Golden Girls Fashions, both on Talbot Street North in Essex. She closed Golden Girls a year ago and is now handing the reins of Just Plus over to employee Patty Enlow, who takes over on October 1. “It’s time for a change and time to ease into semi-retirement,” explains Bjorkman of her decision to sell. “And I am looking forward to it.” Bjorkman will stay on and work alongside Enlow for about six months before making it permanent. The Wreck is open from early May until Thanksgiving, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, as well as on holiday Mondays.
Change continues to happen along Erie Street East in Windsor with new restaurants and businesses opening on almost a monthly basis. An upscale Greek restaurant is almost ready to open at the corner of Erie and Ellesmere Avenue and a small wine bar is close to opening its doors in a former coffee shop according to Filip Rocca, owner of Mezzo Ristorante and Lounge and President of the Erie Street Business Improvement Association. In addition, a new building with commercial/retail on the ground floor and apartments on three upper levels is planned for a space currently occupied by a small community garden at 781 Erie Street East. “We’re excited about this one because we’re always looking for more residential units on the street,” says Rocca. “We will be relocating the community garden because it’s a nice place for people to sit and people watch.” Finally, there’s a rumour floating along the street that the owners of El Mayor at 936 Wyandotte Street East, which was destroyed by a fire in January, are preparing to move into the space formerly occupied by La Zingara, which closed 18 months ago. “That’s the rumour, but I can’t say for sure,” says Rocca. “But, it’s encouraging that every time a business closes, someone else is ready to step in right behind them. It’s still a very vibrant street and this is all proof that it’s a sought-after location.” (For more proof check out the front lines section on page 12 of this issue on what Vern Myslichuk is up to!)