Local eateries cook up partnership


PICTOU – Fat Tony’s Bar and Grill has formed a new partnership with Canape Café and Bakery that the partners hope will enhance their respective businesses.

Canape is scheduled to leave its location on Water Street and move to Fat Tony’s next month. Cathy MacPherson and her brother John Spicer, who have co-owned Canape for about a year and a half, expect to take the first weekend in December to move and be established at Fat Tony’s on December 5.

“It’s a new partnership,” Fat Tony’s owner Tony Dolan said. “I knew they had a good product and they have an established clientele, and I know I have the location. Anyone going down Water Street will be able to see us.”

Spicer said he and his sister saw a grim future for their business.

“It was the worse winter in the nine years I’ve been here as Canape Café,” MacPherson said. “We knew we had to do something.”

“Cathy and I have been tossing around ideas on how to expand the business,” Spicer said. “Last winter was really tough. We wondered if we could survive next winter. We were talking about what to do to spark more business. There were a lot of prayers in there, too. I think it was opportune Tony walked in the door and said, ‘I have this bright idea.’ I think it’s a win-win.”

The new business arrangement means both operations will function under the Fat Tony’s brand, Dolan said.

Current plans call for the Canape operation’s business hours to be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Fat Tony’s hours to be from then to 11 p.m.

“The brand name is under the Fat Tony’s umbrella and we’re all equal partners,” he said. “We hope the public won’t perceive us as a bar because during the day we’ll be a bakery.”

MacPherson said she’s impressed with the kitchen that the potential operating the café and bakery.

“It’s great,” she said. “It’s just about state-of-the-art. We’ll be able to do a lot more there.”

She said plans also call for displaying some items in the storefront window, besides what can viewed in display cases.

What Dolan likes is the possibility for meals, private groups, catering that could flourish under the new partnership.

“Everything will be in-house,” he said. “We have 5,000 square feet. We have a private room and two decks and we can accommodate special orders.”

From the left, Tony Dolan stands in front of Fat Tony’s on Water Street, Pictou, with new partners Cathy MacPherson and her brother, John Spicer, from Canape Café and Bakery.

(Goodwin photo)

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