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The Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre’s head chef at the Museum Cafe will be heading across the road. Chris Zouboules will be moving to the Legislative Assembly of the NWT to open a new cafe before the end of July.

Chris Zouboules, head chef at the Museum Cafe, left, and Sarah Carr-Locke, director of the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, inside the cafe Thursday morning. Michael Hugall/NNSL photo

The space Zouboules occupied in the museum will remain the Museum Cafe, said director Sarah Carr-Locke.

“I’m going to miss Chris’s food but the (legislative assembly) isn’t that far,” said Carr-Locke.

She added the museum will now go through the process of filing a “request for proposal” with the GNWT to find a new operator for the cafe.

Zouboules said he wasn’t ready to announce the name, or operating hours of the new location.

He’s making the move because he wants to be more involved with the customer service aspect of the cafe.

“I felt like I was losing touch with the customers, I’m hoping this move will allow me to reestablish myself with them and be able to expand the cafe, creatively,” said Zouboules. “I’m passionate about food and our customers are who really drive that passion.”

 

Wildcat Cafe opens for season

You will not be paying $28 for bison spaghettini at the Wildcat Cafe this summer, despite it being printed on the menu.

The cafe – which is the oldest restaurant in the city – announced it had made a mistake on its new menu when the restaurant initially announced its 2018 opening via Facebook on May 26.

The new addition of the menu includes an $18 Spaghettini made with bison Bolognese sauce, a Bison meat hamburger and fish and chips which is cod caught fresh from Great Slave Lake.

Also the owner of Thornton’s Wine and Tapas Room, Sato Chankasingh will continue manage the cafe this summer.

The restaurant was established in Old Town in 1937. This year marks the 81st year of the Wildcat Cafe serving traditional from-the-land cuisine which has been a hit for both locals and tourists alike.

 

Rebranding at Diamante

The owner of Diamante Restaurant said he’s going out with the old and in with the new.

The uptown establishment is going through a re-branding and re-furbishing process, with the inside of the venue being gutted and a new name in the works.

Steve Dinham owns both Diamante and the adjacent Monkey Tree Pub on Range Lake Road.

He said it was time to diversify the menu, but will be keeping most of its Italian mainstays.

“We’ve hired a new chef who is expected to start in mid-June,” said Dinham. “We are still going to make our homemade pasta but we are going to change most of the current menu.”

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