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The Flying ChestnutThe Flying Chestnut Kitchen it’s called and after three years of sweat and labour it is finally open in our small village of Eugenia. Chef Shawn Adler who originally owned two restaurants in Peterborough decided to move to our area and open an organic, fresh from scratch Bistro style restaurant. He purchased the property known as the old general store located right across from the Eugenia Ball Park three years ago and the plans and the work began. It took two years to finally get approvals and change the zoning but in the meantime he made himself known to our area by catering local events such as the Eugenia Gold Rush, weddings, parties and even working at local restaurants to get his name out there. His hard work paid off and early this year he began construction and renovation on the restaurant he dreamed of. The work was labour intensive and when asked if it turned out how he imagined his response is “Better, it turned out better than I imagined.”

On Sunday May 30, 2010 the official opening of The Flying Chestnut Kitchen was scheduled. It turned out to be a gorgeous sunny warm day and over 500 people showed up to show their support to The Flying Chestnut. Shawn and his Souse Chef Jason Hayes prepared homemade Grey County Beef burgers, and sausages which they grilled on an open wood burning stone BBQ. Creemore Springs and Peeler were on hand with free drinks for everyone who showed up. A couple bands played and it was a wonderful laid back event that embodied the restaurant and its staff. During the opening people were allowed to walk freely through the new restaurant and get a feel for the atmosphere and ambiance. The restaurant is very warm, cozy and unique. It is a small place with seating for only 25, but it is open and you can see how your food is being prepared and to converse with the chefs. “Everything on the menu is fresh and from scratch” says Shawn “Home grown, local produce and meats, everything on the menu is something that your grandmother would make but with a little added flair.”

The Flying Chestnut Kitchen, I believe will be a wonderful addition to our area. The food is unbelievable, the staff is warm and inviting, and it is a breath of fresh air to our area. The Flying Chestnut Kitchen is open Thursday – Sunday 5pm – 11pm, Saturday and Sunday brunch will be served from 11am-3pm. If you are interested in coming out to this restaurant and trying the amazing fare for yourself bring cash as it is a cash only restaurant, and be sure to make a reservation as it has  limited seating and we would hate to see you miss out on the amazing food. Call Shawn at 519-924-1809 to make reservations. Hope to see you all there! Check out their website: http://theflyingchestnutkitchen.com/