BACKHOUSE • NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, ON
242 Mary St. 289-272-1242 backhouse.xyz
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Beverly Hotchkiss GM
“We met at the space where the restaurant is now, about 10 years ago, and had our wedding reception here. Our vision was always a large chef’s counter where people could eat – we wanted the back of house to be part of the restaurant, to invite people into our kitchen. We call what we’re doing cool-climate cuisine, following the lead that the region’s wineries have taken for years. With our own farm, we’re focused on things that grow locally. Everything is wood-fired, we’re smoking our own fish, preserving and fermenting, being authentic to the food of Niagara. There’s a great camaraderie in the room, chefs are serving food and interacting with guests. When the lighting and the music are right, and the fire’s warm, there’s a buzz like a really good hockey game. Guests tell us they feel like they’re eating in our house, and that’s the hugest compliment.”