The times, they are a changing!!!
For 13 years, 898 Westminster Avenue-near the corner of Ruby and Westminster Streets, was known as The Neighbourhood Bookstore and Café. It was run by Bill Fugler and frequented by many locals. It was a popular meeting place where people could chat over coffee and a snack, work on their computer, read, or even buy a book or board game. Fugler decided to close the shop in August of 2018 to spend more time with family and to pursue other interests.
Last fall, Wolseley residents Erin Keating, husband Peter, and another couple, Laura and Jamie Hilland got together and decided they would like to open a locally owned and operated restaurant in that location. As with any new venture, there were growing pains – making a business plan, and the more difficult task of getting a permit to open and operate the restaurant. There was an immense amount of support for this new venture, but also some opposition.
After six months of discussion with the Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Authority of Manitoba, and with neighbours both pro and con, progress was made. There was give and take. In the end, the restaurant was granted a liquor licence, but without the ability to serve alcohol on the patio, as was the original plan. The four owners all have previous experience in the restaurant business in Winnipeg.
Extensive renovations are currently being made and the group hopes to open in mid-August of 2019. It will operate as The Ruby West Restaurant (so named for its location at the corner of Ruby Street and Westminster Avenue) “A Little Gem in Wolseley”.