PORT HAWKESBURY – A Cape Breton Island restauranteur with an eye fixed for waterfront alternatives will quickly offer Port Hawkesbury and space prospects a view of the Strait of Canso.
Buoyed by the success of his seasonal Portside Beer Backyard on the Sydney waterfront, hospitality trade czar Danny Ellis now has his sights set on an analogous operation in Port Hawkesbury, a city of simply over three,200 folks positioned six kilometres from the Canso Causeway.
“It was via a 3rd get together who approached Port Hawkesbury and who approached me and instructed me that Portside could be an ideal match for the city in regard to waterfront growth,” defined Ellis, who confirmed that Portside Port Hawkesbury will open this summer time within the Station Home on Water Road.
“They then reached out and urged we must always discover the chance. Now it has all come to fruition – it’s all occurring and we’re on the point of go. We’re actually excited. We predict it’s an exquisite alternative for us and that it’s an exquisite alternative for Port Hawkesbury, so we’ll work arduous to ensure it’s.”
Ellis is a longtime businessman who presently operates 4 Sydney meals and beverage institutions that, together with the aforementioned Portside, embrace the Boardroom Taproom and Eatery, Daniel’s Alehouse and Eatery and the Henry Road Pub.
Portside opened in the summertime of 2018 and the Taproom, which additionally sits adjoining to the harbourside boardwalk, adopted swimsuit a yr later. Collectively, the 2 institutions make use of greater than 100 folks throughout peak summer time intervals. Each have proved fashionable with locals and vacationers alike, particularly in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Portside Sydney had an excellent yr in 2020 – we had been lined up on nearly each sunny day and we noticed much more site visitors on the boardwalk,” mentioned Ellis, who’s hoping the identical recipe shall be equally profitable in Port Hawkesbury.
“It’s going to look similar to Portside Sydney. We now have extra glass from the Centennial Area, so it is going to be glassed in similar to it’s in Sydney. There shall be picket benches, related seating, the identical color scheme and the identical menu.”
Ellis mentioned he plans to benefit from his Sydney institutions to assist prepare employees for Portside Port Hawkesbury.
“We’ll convey folks right down to Sydney they usually’ll work at Daniel’s or on the Taproom the place they’ll study our menu and our kitchen habits,” he mentioned.
“We’ll be up there for the primary couple of weeks to supervise issues and my chef will commute backwards and forwards.”
City of Port Hawkesbury chief administrative officer Terry Doyle mentioned the enterprise is nice information for a group that serves as a regional service centre to an estimated 34,000 folks and whose waterfront has been under-developed in recent times.
“We’re anxious to see growth on the waterfront – it’s been stagnant for fairly a while,” he mentioned.
“We see this as an avenue to convey extra folks to the waterfront and to offer extra providers to the waterfront that aren’t actually accessible on the town proper now. Portside has agreed to spend money on capital in leasehold enhancements to make this a actuality, so we’re wanting ahead to seeing this come to fruition.”
In the meantime, former Port Hawkesbury mayor Billy Joe MacLean mentioned he’s investing about $400,000 in his Carriage Home pub on Reeves Road that’s managed by his daughter Trish MacLean.
The longtime mayor and bar proprietor mentioned that the cash is getting used to make enhancements each inside and outdoors of the institution. The upgrades embrace a brand new out of doors seating space and stage for leisure.
In the meantime, Ellis mentioned he’s wanting ahead to a different profitable season at Portside Sydney, which employed 54 staff final summer time. He mentioned he’s seeking to open up that location on “the primary sunny day” in June.
“I’m enthusiastic about all this and it’s occurring at a time once I thought I didn’t wish to do that anymore,” mentioned the 63-year-old entrepreneur.
“I believed I’d retire however now I’ve 4 eating places so I assume I’m going within the unsuitable path for retirement.”