Former paperclip impressario Ritchie Simpson will re-open the former Friendly Fisherman in Grand Tracadie in mid-May. Everyone I’ve talked to about this place raves about it in a way that makes it out to be a sort of fishy equivalent of the Algonquin Hotel, with a better view. I have now figured out, with Ann Thurlow’s help, where Grand Tracadie is located, which will help tremendously. I must admit to thinking that Tracadie and Grand Tracadie were the same place — I just thought people were being very complimentary when they spoke of “Grand” Tracadie, in the way Islanders say “it’s a grand day, isn’t it!” I was wrong.
The Home Brew Shoppe, longtime resident of Victoria Row in Charlottetown, has moved to the premises recently vacated by Ferguson Sales on Euston St. Ferguson Sales moved to the former Snookums pet shop on St. Peters Road. And a new restaurant named Kudo’s has a sign up in the Victoria Row location. No word on the cuisine, opening date, or ownership yet.
In the former Anne of Green Gables Tea Room on Queen St. there’s a new restaurant, rumoured to be serving Italian food, opening soon. Name is “Manhattans.”
The old Hughes Chrysler building, now home to Dow’s Furniture, is rumoured by be, in addition, home to a new Kenny Zakem-backed restaurant. Kenny ran The Perfect Cup Cafe on University Avenue back in the early 1990s after Bruce MacNaughton. He used to serve excellent, healthy food and in nice atmosphere. I have high hopes for the new place.
The Frosty Treat in Kensington is said to be under new ownership. Their ice cream won’t change, I hope: it’s unique.
Stefan Czapalay, former owner of Seasons in Thyme in Tyne Valley and Summerside, has resurfaced in Halifax at Chefs By Design, a catering operation. He was billed in the February Toronto Life as “Martime star chef Stefan Czapalay.” No word on whether he’s managed to repair the bridges he burned when he left Summerside.
Finally, if you’ve got a bum gallbladder, and need really, really simple food, the dining room at The Dundee Arms in Charlottetown does up a very nice plate of plain boiled rice.