Well, after 10 years in Brandon, Newfies Café has officially closed its doors. The café has opened and closed a few times in its history, but this is likely to be permanent.
Owner Dwayne Meadus, who has 30 years of experience in the food industry, moved to Brandon in 1995 from Newfoundland. He said he should have never moved from his location at the Crystal Hotel.
“I would have been better off staying small,” Meadus said. “I went bigger and I gained more seating capacity, but I lost on the other end. I couldn’t be there all the time, so the quality wasn’t always there and I wasn’t able to connect with my customers.”
Newfies Café had just relocated to its 10th Street location one year ago and it officially closed on June 24. Meadus said his customers came to the restaurant for the fish and chips and “to connect with a Newfie — everyone has a story to tell.”
For Meadus, though, the story doesn’t end there. He has decided to take his experience in the industry on the road.
“I’ve come to the conclusion that I need to stay small and provide a quality product to the customers who enjoy my food,” he said.
As a result, he has started Tasty Treats, a mobile kitchen unit that you’ll see at different events in Brandon and throughout the province.
They will have a variety of food products, but will specialize in dishes based on Canadian bacon — bacon sticks, bacon cheese bombs and others. Among other items, they will also offer panini dogs, poutine and depending on the venue and size of the crowd, their ever-popular fish and chips.
Tasty Treats was launched at Dauphin’s Countryfest and they will be attending the Morden Corn and Apple Festival and the Dakota Oyate Wacipi Powwow at Sioux Valley Dakota Nation in August.
“Thanks to all those that have supported me at Newfies Café,” Meadus said. “With Tasty Treats, I will still get to visit with people, give them the quality they are after and deal with my customers one-on-one.”
Lending a helping hand
“I love working with people and I find it so satisfactory to give people help when they need it.”
Jacquie Sangster, owner of one of the city’s newest businesses, decided not long ago to branch out on her own and dive into the world of entrepreneurship.
A certified health-care aide, Sangster launched Westman Aide on May 1. With many years of experience in the health-care industry, she’ll offer a variety of services.
“Lots of families struggle to juggle everything in life, including caring for a loved one,” Sangster said. “I can help give people the break they need, even if it’s just short-term.”
Westman Aide will provide health-care aide services such as personal assistance, meal preparation, light housework, companionship, transportation and errand running and respite.
For more information, visit westmanaide.ca.
Sprucing things up
If you’re driving south on 18th Street tomorrow, you may notice that the Canadian Tire Gas Bar is closed.
Kim Dudley, the petroleum retailer since 2003, said
they will be shut down as of
9 a.m. on Sunday for site upgrades and renovations. This will include new pumps, signage and lighting on the outside and a complete redesign of the kiosk on the inside.
The renovations will take only a couple of weeks and they’ll be back up and running on Friday, July 25. It will be exciting to see all the new changes!