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Heard on the Street  Nov Dec 2017 – It’s About…Thyme Kitchen

Serial entrepreneur Julie Myers, Owner of Thyme to Go in Walkerville, has added another food establishment to her already successful stable. Myers recently opened Thyme Kitchen in the CIBC Bank building at 100 Ouellette Avenue in a space formerly occupied by Elias Deli and more recently Market 100. “We had a soft opening in October and we’ll have a more formal opening in November,” says Myers. The restaurant, managed by Ashley Crawford, will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, featuring soups, salads, sandwiches and healthy food choices focused on Thyme to Go’s small batch cooking. “We are very excited about the opportunity to open a restaurant,” says Myers. “Our Walkerville location has been very good to us and we are not going anywhere.” In Walkerville, at 640 Chilver Road, Thyme to Go (ThymeToGo.ca) features small batch items available for takeout and also offers an extensive catering menu. Myers has been handling the catering contract for Willistead Manor for the past two years and also operates a 24-hours-a-day cafeteria for 800 employees at Vistaprint, at 447 Advance Boulevard in Lakeshore.

A new Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant is slated to open next year at the intersection of Huron Church Road and Malden Road, adjacent to the Hampton Inn hotel. Developer Michael Boseovski of First Commercial Realty Co. says he has always liked the Huron Church corridor for commercial and retail development because of the high volume of both local and out-of-town traffic. Access to the new restaurant will be off Malden Road. First Commercial were also the developers of the Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Easy Financial and Cash Money loan agencies at the corner of Huron Church Road and Tecumseh Road West. “It’s been a great location and we expect much the same when the KFC opens,” says Boseovski. The new restaurant replaces a former KFC on the opposite side of Huron Church, which closed a few years ago and has been replaced by the Huron Church Animal Hospital. There is also a Popeyes at 2854 Howard Avenue.

After almost 30 years of business, the owners of Capri Pizzeria closed their dining room at 3020 Dougall Avenue in Windsor, effective October 29 in order to concentrate on their growing catering business. “It’s unfortunate because we’ve had a good run in that location, but something had to give and we simply need more room for our catering operation,” says Owner Jim Koumoutsidis. “We’re catering many more private parties and corporate events and we need more kitchen space.” Capri, which was established in 1975, will still offer pickup and delivery services at 10 locations in Windsor, including Dougall Avenue, Lakeshore, Kingsville, LaSalle, Amherstburg and Leamington.

Cody Northgrave and Paul Sauve, owners of two successful, but distinct Windsor restaurants, opened Big Jim’s Tap and Eatery at 3560 Walker Road in August. The two entrepreneurs have other projects in the discussion stages, but nothing to disclose, at this point. “We have a couple of ideas in the works but nothing we can talk about just yet,” says Northgrave. Big Jim’s menu features pastas, burgers, sandwiches, pizza and ribs. Northgrave says Big Jim’s, located in a space formerly occupied by Fox & Fiddle, Jovan’s, JD Pranksters and Twisted Sisters Bar & Grill, also features a $10 express lunch. A grand opening is planned for November or December. Northgrave and Sauve opened Take Five Bistro, a highly-rated steak house, at 1068 Erie Street East, seven years ago and then opened Route 42 Diner and Dairy Bar at 2825 County Road 42, three years ago. The former Rookies restaurant now features a family-friendly menu with 28 flavours of ice cream.

Sparked by interior renovations to Devonshire Mall and construction of an underground reservoir at George Park, the value of building permits issued by the City of Windsor is well ahead of last year’s pace. The $30.68 million in renovations at Devonshire has helped increase the value of commercial permits from $34.68 million to $63 million through the first nine months of the year. And the $15 million reservoir has helped bump government and institutional permits from $45.6 million to $72.5 million. Industrial permits have increased from $9.1 million to $10.3 million while residential permits have dropped in value from $128.7 million to $119.2 million. Other major construction projects include an elementary school at 1860 Chandler Road for $7.3 million, construction of a Metro grocery store at Devonshire for $4.13 million, renovations to Westview Freedom Academy at 1375 California Avenue for $4.032 million, and construction of an ambulance station at 2620 Dougall Avenue for $4 million.

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