Jamie Kennedy back in expansion mode with new Niagara Falls restaurant
A few months ago, Jamie Kennedy told us that for him, 2010 was a year for consolidation and rebuilding. Now, the busy chef—who already runs Gilead Café and Bistro and Jamie Kennedy at the Gardiner Café, in addition to a catering business—is firmly in expansion mode with the recent announcement that he’s opening a new restaurant in Niagara Falls.
Jamie Kennedy on the Falls will be located on the 14th floor of the Sheraton on the Falls Hotel, and will sport floor-to-ceiling windows and a direct view of the falls. A partnership with Canadian Niagara Hotels, the fine-dining restaurant is aimed squarely at wooing patrons from the GTA who are already familiar with Kennedy and his Toronto eateries. “[Canadian Niagara] approached us,” Jamie Kennedy Kitchens spokesperson Jo Dickins told The Dish of the joint venture. “They wanted to open the best restaurant, so they called the best chef.”
Although Niagara Falls itself might seem an unusual home for a high-end restaurant, Kennedy hopes to draw from the Niagara region’s farms to support his local-first and seasonal-driven menu. Fittingly, Ross Midgley, a chef with more than 13 years of experience working in the area, has been tapped to run the kitchen. Wine writer Tony Aspler will curate the wine cellar, which lean heavily, although not exclusively, on Ontario bottles. Jamie Kennedy on the Falls is slated to open on November 25.
(Images: Kennedy, Davida Aronovitch; Falls, Chris Brown)