February 16, 2011 - 4:30pm Closed for Renovations. It’s a common sign in business windows but what does it really mean? We looked at some places in the area that had this in the window and tried to find out what was happening inside.

Reopening

The Old Town Sweet Shop (Windsor)One of our favourite ice cream stops has been closed for ages and we had almost given up until we heard a few weeks ago that something was definitely going on inside. Now a lot of the paper covering the windows has come down and you can peek in to see the gorgeous café that lies inside. The grand opening will be held this Saturday, February 19 from 8am to 10pm. A sign posted on the window says, “We are a bake shop café and serve gourmet coffees and world class teas as well as soup, salad, sandwiches and homemade sweets. Ice cream has been sold at this location for 60+ years and will continue during the months of May to October. So, drop by and enjoy a great cup of joe and relax in our warm atmosphere with free wi-fi.” Phone (519) 252-4574 for more information. 1833 Wyandotte Street East (Windsor) - This location has been home to many restaurants and businesses in recent years but the new owner hopes that she’ll stay put when her eclectic home-style eatery, The Twisted Apron, opens at the end of this month. Kate Robinson grew up in Windsor and loves the area, especially Walkerville, “It is an area where you have the potential to do something different and people will accept it.” Robinson used to own Teka Sushi but after a fire closed the restaurant and she started a family she decided to not reopen the business. Now it’s time for a new project and The Twisted Apron is almost ready to go. The restaurant will offer upscale comfort food made from scratch with a menu that changes seasonally with 70% of the ingredients coming from Essex County. Pastries and breads will be made in house as will fresh ice cream, soups, salsas and homemade dressings. The extensive menu is based on some favourites, blending new techniques with some of Grandma’s traditional recipes. “We’re bringing back family traditions with a twist,” says Robinson. The restaurant will hold over 65 guests divided between the private dining room, dinner area and café. A section for children and free wi-fi will surely be big draws for the neighbourhood. Breakfast lunch and dinner will be served; when the restaurant opens initially they will start with the hours of 9am to 3pm for breakfast/lunch, and will eventually open from 3pm to 9pm for dinner.

Staying Closed for Now?

Willistead Restaurant (Windsor) – Sources tell us that the current leaseholder “Catering by Lorraine” has closed the business after a 2 year lease. The building owner had hoped that the catering business would purchase the building after the 2 year period finished. The restaurant may reopen if new kitchen management is found. Uncle Vito’s Rhythm Kitchen (Amherstburg) – A previous call to the restaurant for inquiries resulted in a simple answer of “we’re closed for now”. We tried calling back for more details but have been unable to reach anyone. Their website no longer exists. Bopper’s Café (LaSalle) – Bopper’s have been closed for some time and their voicemail is full. Their website no longer exists.", "image": [{"@type":"ImageObject","url":"https://dynamicmedia.zuza.com/zz/m/original_/3/5/35dd8b86-4978-471b-b839-2fd450f748ec/city-of-windsor_Gallery.jpg","height":360,"width":640},{"@type":"ImageObject","url":"https://www.ourwindsor.ca/Contents/Images/Communities/Windsor_200x200.png","height":200,"width":200}], "datePublished": "2011-02-16T16:33:23Z", "dateModified": "2012-11-19T08:13:34Z", "author": {"@type":"Organization","name":"OurWindsor.ca","logo":{"@type":"ImageObject","url":"https://www.ourwindsor.ca/Contents/Images/Communities/Windsor_600x60.png","width":600,"height":60}}, "publisher": {"@type":"Organization","name":"OurWindsor.ca","logo":{"@type":"ImageObject","url":"https://www.ourwindsor.ca/Contents/Images/Communities/Windsor_600x60.png","width":600,"height":60}} }