HEARD ON THE STREET – NOLA TOURS
Chris Mickle, Owner of NOLA’s — A Taste of New Orleans (1526 Wyandotte Street East), is busy lining up his fourth culinary tour of New Orleans, designed to teach visitors where to eat and drink in New Orleans. The tour, which includes hotel accommodation for three nights and airfare, guides visitors through the sights, sounds and culinary experiences of New Orleans. “We suggest where people can have breakfast, lunch and dinner and provide a loose itinerary of where to go and where to catch up to the group in the evenings,” explains Mickle, who has visited the Louisiana city more than 30 times. Mickle says “Happy Hour” is a tradition in New Orleans, but it’s not all about half-price drinks. “We suggest that people go to places like Emeril Lagasse’s restaurant where you can get small plates for $5 during Happy Hour.” Mickle also offers structured guided tours, if people wish, or they can strike out on their own. The tours typically involve between 15 and 20 people and cost between $600 and $700 Canadian, depending upon the time of year. For information on the next trip, at either the end of April or in early May, visit online.
Owners of the Generations Diner are in the process of renovating their new Windsor restaurant, at 1991 Ottawa Street, in a space previously occupied by Heather Bell Fish & Chips. According to postings on Facebook, the new restaurant hopes to make “families dining together great again.” It’s expected the restaurant will serve breakfast until 3 p.m., lunch until 4 p.m. and dinner from 4 p.m. until closing time. Jessica Knight Moodrey and Vikki Trealout, who list themselves as Generations’ general managers on Facebook, couldn’t be reached for comment by press time. The former fish and chip restaurant reportedly served its signature halibut dish to Windsorites for about 100 years. Named for its original owner, who came to Canada from Scotland, the restaurant was most recently owned by Aldea Morris who passed away February 19, 2019 at the age of 74. She was the restaurant’s fifth owner and ran the business for more than 30 years. It was established initially in Riverside before moving to Walkerville and then settling on Ottawa Street more than 60 years ago.
A new craft brewery is close to opening on Harrow’s main street. The Beerded Dog Brewery is taking over a space at 21 King Street East, previously occupied by The Pie Lady and more recently, D.o.C.K. 21 gastropub. It’s one of a growing number of craft breweries operating across Essex County, including Lot 10 Brewing Company in Amherstburg, Lonsbery Farms Brewing Company and GL Heritage Brewing Company, both in Essex and the Banded Goose, Grove Brew House and Kingsville Brewery, all in Kingsville.
A new festival is headed for Windsor’s Festival Plaza this August. The “Forks & Barrels Tour” will take over the riverfront venue August 23 to 25 featuring local and international foods and beverages, as well as live music. It’s expected there will be $2 drink samples, $4 small plates and over 400 varieties of food and drinks. There will be themed sections within the plaza, including Foodie Central, Beer Lane, Wine Avenue, Spirit Street, Tropica, The Marketplace, The Square, and The Lawn. The events, designed for the 19-plus crowd, are held across Ontario throughout the summer months
Building permit values in Windsor are off to a slow start again this year, after taking a major hit in 2018 compared to 2017. So far, in 2019, $34,235,392 in permits has been issued compared to $37,476,637 during the first two months of 2018. Overall last year, the value of permits issued by the City of Windsor’s building department fell to $287,927,372 from $359,492,761 a year earlier. Most of the reduction came from the government and institutional sector, which saw values fall from $115.2 million to just $57.7 million, last year. Two other sectors held their own — residential increased from $147.3 million to $153 million and industrial jumped from $11.6 million to $16.5 million. Commercial, meanwhile, took a hit from $85.4 million to $60.7 million. Major projects going online in December of last year, include an addition to Harvest Bible Chapel at 2001 Spring Garden Road for $2.8 million, renovations to a hotel and business mall at 333 Riverside Drive East for $1.89 million and construction of a new retail store and garden centre for Bluewater Pools, at 2531 Dougall Avenue, for $1 million.