Popular Mel’s Diner to reopen in new location
April 25, 2012 | Frances Barrick | The Record | LINK
KITCHENER — Two years after a massive fire destroyed a popular eatery in Waterloo, a new Mel’s Diner is slated to open in Kitchener.The Kitchener Mel’s, which could open in early May at the corner of Ottawa Street South and Westmount Road, is larger. But, the only other significant difference between the old and new diners is the addresses.
“It will have the same vibe, the same feel, the same layout, the same service and the same menu,” said owner Jerry Smith.
And work has started in re-building the Waterloo eatery that was a popular haunt of university students since 1995. It could reopen this fall as a second Mel’s location.
I'm excited to go to Mel's Diner. I wonder if the Godfather burger will be @ this location too..... that thing was huuuuuge.
The last few posts be moved over to the Food and Dining Thread?
From May 24, 2012
Speaking yesterday with a KW4RENT Project Supervisor, he told me this is just a temporary build for 4 years to allow the businesses to start making money again. It's the developers intention to build a 25-storey mixed-use development here sometime mid-decade.
June 7, 2012
July 11, 2012
From reading the paper this morning it looks like University Vision Care will not be one of the businesses at this location when the plaza opens later this year.
Article in question:
Rebuilding delays cause one tenant to leave Waterloo plazaThe Record | | | Link
Benny Afrouzi, owner of University Vision Care, said he was frustrated when plans for redevelopment lagged on.
“We’ve relocated,” Afrouzi said. “It’s been a lot of work.”
He has no plans to return now that he has set up shop in a new location at the corner of Columbia Street West and Fischer-Hallman Road.
Makes sense, as he's already set up shop elsewhere. Vincent Optical on King St is also run by someone who was at University Vision.
just last saturday went to Mel`s and seems business as usual.I personally would like Mel`s to stay at new location and open old one as well.
Building the roof...
August 2, 2012
The Firehall's Grand Opening is tonight & tomorrow:
September 5, 2012
Clever, but if the past is any indication then this will have new owners/new branding inside 18 months.
Also do people do the whole bottle service thing around here? I'm so glad I graduated just before that became a thing.
[edit: aha, I remembered!]
Last edited by markster; 09-08-2012 at 12:03 PM.
Originally it was Don Cherry's Grapevine, then part of it was Yuk-Yuk's for a while.