KITCHENER, Ont. — Golf’s Steak House and Seafood — a Kitchener landmark founded by Mike Kanellis — is celebrating its 40th year of operation. Situated alongside the historic Grand River, Golf’s offers a four-season atrium and two private banquet facilities, which can accommodate 40 to 240 guests.
When it opened, Golf’s only served steaks, until Kanellis discovered people wanted more choice. “We brought in fish and chicken and prime rib. We changed the menu over the years according to the demand,” Kanellis says. Sunday brunch ($22.95) — featuring a carvery, bread table and salad bar — was added more than 20 years ago. “It’s very popular. Sometimes we can’t get any more people in; we have to stop taking reservations.”
In celebration of the anniversary, Kanellis has donated $40,000 to charity, which was divided between 10 organizations — Grand River Hospital Foundation Cancer Centre, St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation Cardiac Centre, Cambridge Memorial Hospital Foundation, Greek Orthodox Community Church of Saint Peter and Paul, Greek Ladies Philoptochos Society, YWCA, Habitat for Humanity, Community Support Connections Meals on Wheels, Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo Wellington Dufferin and St. John’s Kitchen.
“The community has supported me over the last 40 years. Without the community support, I would not be here,” says Kanellis, whose three sons — Tom, George and Gus — also work in the restaurant.