Saturday March 19th, 2016
When Sandy Limoges walked into Windsor Pub seven years ago for dining, little did she know she’d be building the relationship of a lifetime. Owner, John Janisse, and her got to talking and it was “love and chat at first sight.”
Because of their meeting, open now is a new Riverside favourite; the River’s Edge Tap & Table.
With the help of Limoges’ husband, Rick, and a gentleman named Bruce Dickie, the foursome took their combined fifty-year experience and wanted to create an atmosphere that really connects and relaxes their customers.
“Sandy is what made this place what it is today,” Janisse speaks highly. Limoges reassures that while her restaurant – Sandy’s Riverside Grill on Wyandotte Street – is still alive and well, she was honoured to have help put River’s Edge together.
The restaurant is located in the old Menard’s Fish Shack & Tavern, and while River’s Edge is still on the path of creating their old identity, they could not deny the seafood popularity in the area. “There is an extremely high demand for fish, more than we have ever seen before. Why not give the people what they want?” speaks Limoges.
On board as their chef is Robert Slaunwhite, a Halifax, Nova Scotia native who has an abundance of shellfish experience under his belt. Slaunwhite has served a variety of parties in the University environment such as Gordon Lightfoot and band, and former Prime Minister of Canada, Jean Chrétien.
While Windsor does not border an ocean, Slaunwhite prides on bringing in local product, and likes the challenge of finding the freshest fish to serve in the new establishment.
To top off your dining experience, Janisse and Limoges have brought in Todd Miner, a certified master of wine tasting, to create notes and pairings for the River’s Edge wine list. The restaurant also has a wide selection of brews and sippers to choose from.
What does it comes down to in terms of their new success? “You could have 1,000 years of experience… But there needs to be a good menu, a great staff, and a good feeling about a place,” explains Janisse. “It takes time to develop the energy about a business, but once you have it, that’s what will draw everyone in.”
“I am so proud of our staff,” says Janisse in regards to their booming opening weekend. “Everyone is still learning and still in the curve, but everyone did a great job with the amount of volume we experienced.”
You can stop in at River’s Edge Tap & Table for some wining and dining at 494 Riverdale Avenue. Call (519) 915-0200 to make a reservation today, as tables are already filling up with new food favourites!