restaurant of the year :
Marion Street Eatery
Ciao! magazine’s annual awards for
producer, retailer and restaurant of the
year celebrate the creative use of and
dedication to local ingredients.
by Jessie Schmidtke
Step through a door inside The Marion Hotel, and a whole new
world opens up. Marion Street Eatery, the cozy neighbourhood café
that staked out a sunny corner inside the hotel five years ago, has
earned a dedicated crowd of fans and regulars. Here, cheery staff
welcome guests like old friends; its the kind of place where early risers
sit with coffee and a newspaper, and friends slow brunch all afternoon.
Country-cute antique chairs and buffed wood floors play off the
space’s dark leather booths and exposed brick pillars. Quirky messages
like “Eat yourself happy!” or “Roam, but always come home” decorate
the walls. So what’s the secret to its popularity?
“The hands of many, many people make this place work,” says
owner Laneil Smith. It’s a telling answer, one that reveals this young
owner’s commitment to creating a safe and positive environment for
her team to flourish.
Ciao! magazine is devoted to the best in local food. But local-
mindedness extends beyond using regional ingredients. For
supporting its community and investing in the future generation
ciao! /aug/sep / two thousand nineteen