The owners of a new Kensington restaurant hope the so-called-curse of the location at 102 – 10 St. NW ends with The Bottlehouse Beer Parlour.
As new owner Parry Roy gets the gastro-pub full with a selection of 70 Canadian beers ready, he is reminded of the curse of the location since four restaurants have come and gone in past years, including two in just the last year, Ten and Robbie Stewart’s.
“I’m aware of the turnover of the last four concepts but I think we will learn from what went wrong and do it better,” Roy said.
Roy has had his hands in 15 different restaurant openings in the past but this time he has invested everything into the beer-from-around-the-country concept.
“It’s terrifying but it’s exciting at the same time. I think this is a great location and I love the open window concept where patrons can people-watch and we will have a great atmosphere, great beer and great food.”
Bloggers have gossiped about the location at the corner of Kensington and Memorial for some time, many wondering why a business couldn’t sustain such an “ideal location” overlooking downtown, but many are excited for the Beer Parlour.
“It looks hopeful, looks like they have a good business model and a unique theme to attract people,” Madison Decker said as she walked by yesterday.
Roy hopes to be open by May 2010.