The Boathouse Restaurant Opens After Series of Delays


KITCHENER, Ont. — After a series of cancelled re-openings and renovation delays, The Boathouse restaurant and music venue, located in Kitchener, Ont., officially opened this past Saturday.

The restaurant shuttered September 2013 when former operator, Kevin Doyle, failed to make rent payments for the property. The City of Kitchener accepted proposals before choosing Bill MacTavish and venture partner Mark Forwell as the new operators, reports CBC News.

The kitchen is headed by chef Tom Bryce-Hart, who has 13 years of experience in the hospitality industry. Menu offerings include items such as P.E.I. mussels ($16), chicken and waffles ($18) baked mac and cheese ($11) and breakfast poutine ($12). The bar will feature eight Ontario craft beers on tap, once the liquor licence is approved.

Originally, The Boathouse was set to open New Year’s Eve, but the launch date was re-rescheduled pending permit approval. The restaurant underwent a series of major renovations, including the tearing down of walls to create more open seating.

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