Saturday, December 7, 2019

Birthday bash set at James Street Eatery

James Street Eatery won’t just be celebrating the Downtown Wallaceburg Holiday Open House on Thursday, November 19… they’ll also be celebrating their second birthday.

“It’s hard to believe that we have two full years under our belt as James Street Eatery. They have flown by,” reminisced James Bolos, owner of the downtown Wallaceburg restaurant, “and it’s been a blast”

“We will be open later than normal on Thursday and I invite anyone who wants to check out some live music, some great craft beers or maybe grab a bite to eat to stop in after the downtown festivities wrap up”

The Eatery will host Jeff and Tim from Classic Vibe from 7 until 9PM and serve a Birthday Bash menu during that time with lighter fare and small plates. There will also be door prizes and drink specials and during the event.

“We are also launching our seasonal beer from Railway City – the Cranberry Festive Lager” mentioned Bolos. “We sold out very fast last year and we’re excited to be pouring it again.”

The Eatery has become the place to try delicious local craft beers. They have two beers on tap from Bayside Breweries (Erieau) and three from Railway City (St. Thomas). “People love to try our craft draughts and soon we will have our sample paddles where you can try four of the five we carry in one sitting, without committing to something you may not like.”

The local theme strings throughout many aspects of their business, including working with the areas closest winery, Early Acres Estate Winery. They currently carry a red and white wine available by the glass, half litre or bottle.

James Street Eatery is also known for working with Dresden farm, River Bell Market Garden, and will have deals on certified organic pickled veggies during the Birthday Bash.

While James Street Eatery is celebrating its second birthday, the corner of James Street and Creek Street has been a restaurant for a lot longer.

“The building went up in 1911 and the first eatery opened as Sparta Cafe. The name changed to Fiesta Grill in 1946,” James said, “and my dad bought it in 1968. He passed away in 2006 and I moved home from Toronto to see what I could do with it. I ran it over the 100 year mark in 2011 as Fiesta and after that I put it up for sale and was ready for a change. Because no one else wanted it, I decided that if I was staying it needed some updates and I wanted it to be my after lots of planning and hard work we were able to rebrand the 100 year old establishment to the James Street Eatery. It was the first week of November 2013. This past Tuesday was the two year mark since the launch.”

James said he is excited for the combo event with the BIA open house and the birthday bash.

“We want to show our appreciation to the town and surrounding areas for continuing to support my family for over 40 years.”

The Wallaceburg BIA is hosting their annual downtown Wallaceburg Holiday Open House on Thursday, November 19 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Many downtown merchants will be offering specials, in-store promotions, samples and much more.

Here are some photos from inside James Street Eatery:








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