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Heard on the Street – Street Help Gets Help

Heard on the Street July August 2019 - Street Help Gets Help

Photo: Larry Horwitz, left, Vice-Chair of the Wyandotte Towne Business Improvement Association; Justin Lajeunesse, Owner of Winex Construction and Christine Wilson Furlonger, Executive Director of Street Help, discuss plans for building improvements at 964 Wyandotte Street East in Windsor. Photo by Dave Hall.

Heard on the Street July August 2019 – Street Help Gets Help

Street Help, Windsor’s self-funded homeless centre for disadvantaged youth is about to receive some help of its own. An initiative launched by Larry Horwitz, Vice-Chair of the Wyandotte Town Centre Business Improvement Association and Christine Wilson Furlonger, Executive Director of Street Help, will soon see the organization’s building at 964 Wyandotte Street East spruced up and painted. Justin Lajeunesse, Owner of Winex Construction, has donated his company’s time to paint the building and has arranged for Dulux Corporation to supply the paint. “It was as simple as Larry asking and us saying yes,” Lajeunesse comments. “When you have an opportunity to help someone or an organization that does so much with so little, how can you refuse?” Furlonger said the offer is much appreciated and she expects it will make a huge difference. “We’ve been here for 10 years and the building looked like this when we moved in, so it will be nice to see it cleaned up,” she adds. Horwitz indicates that it’s all part of a plan to create a spirit of co-operation between the homeless centre and the remainder of the retail, commercial and hospitality neighbourhood. “Christine’s group hasn’t been made to feel as welcome as they should be, given all the work they do to help people in need,” Horwitz believes. He says the organization is completely self-funded through donations and the money is directed to programming and helping homeless youth, which leaves little or nothing for building maintenance or improvements.

The Manchester Pub, a downtown gathering spot for sports fans of many different teams and generations, at 546 Ouellette Avenue, has changed hands with James Currie taking over from Tom Sotiriadis. Citing ongoing health issues in a post on Facebook, Sotiriadis writes it has “been a difficult and emotional decision.” He thanked his wife Amanda and daughter Maddy for all their help over the years, as well as all current and former staff members, including Dave Greenwood who stepped in and ran the pub for a time, for making The Manchester “a great place to eat and listen to some great local musicians and be happy.” Currie is Co-Owner and Director of Operations for C&M Hospitality, which also owns Smoke & Spice Southern Barbeque in both Windsor and Sarnia, as well as The Hawg Bar in Sarnia, according to LinkedIn. Currie was unavailable for comment before press time.

This year’s “Chaps and Spurs Country Festival” scheduled for August 16&17 at Lanspeary Park in Windsor, has been cancelled with promoter Joe Garon of Turnkey Entertainment and Promotions blaming “unforeseen circumstances.” When contacted by Biz X, Garon adds “a few obstacles occurred in the past three years and the reason for the cancellation was mostly over internal issues.” The event had been nominated one of the best five music festivals in the region by Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island in 2017 and 2018. Sadly, the loss of the revenue from this event also affects the charity involved, the Windsor Essex chapter of Autism Ontario. Organizers say that ticket purchasers will be receiving an email explaining how to go about getting refunds.

Joe Ciaravino, Owner of Antonino’s Original Pizza, has decided to break with tradition and serve beer and wine for the first time, at his recently-opened, new restaurant at 4350 Howard Avenue in Windsor. Soon, only one red and one white wine, both local, will be served, along with Old Vienna on tap, his dad Antonino’s favourite beer. “Our original location next door didn’t have enough space to serve alcohol and I didn’t want our franchisees (who operate other locations at 1695 Manning Road in Tecumseh and 6535 Malden Road in LaSalle) testing it, so when we opened the new restaurant with more space, I decided to give it a try.” The new restaurant has 20 seats inside and another 16 on a small patio. Patrons order at a counter and staff bring out the food, including a new salad-in-a-bread-bowl option (now available at all locations) and authentic Italian gelato currently being tested at the South Windsor location only. “As with the beer and wine, we plan to roll out the gelato at our other two locations if it proves to be a good seller at South Windsor,” adds Ciaravino.

Webb’s Steakhouse has closed its doors at 1640 Lesperance Road in Tecumseh. The restaurant, which opened in February 2016, closed in late May and owners couldn’t be reached for comment by press time. There are still plenty of great dining options in the nearby Tecumseh Towne Centre plaza though with La Rucola Italian Restaurant and Tabouli by Eddy’s. The space, occupied until recently by Webb’s, was previously home to The RyeGate and the Tecumseh Chop House.

A new food experience has been launched by WindsorEats.com featuring tastings of poutine, which has become one of Canada’s most well-known comfort foods. “It’s the only poutine walking tour we have been able to find and it’s fascinating for both visitors and residents alike who are interested in Canadian history, as well as various types of poutine,” says Adriano Ciotoli, Co-Owner of WindsorEats.com. “All I can tell you is that it’s a gluttonous experience — and to wear stretchy pants!” he adds laughing. Participating restaurants include Malic’s Restaurant and Delicatessen, Mazaar Lebanese Cuisine, Bread Meats Bread, and Phog Lounge. The tours run every Saturday from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. According to WindsorEats.com, the weekly event enables participants to “explore the dark alleys covered with graffiti and learn historical Canadian facts while tasting variations of poutine.” For more information and to purchase a $45 ticket, go online.

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