8:30 a.m., July 12)
eatery provides Petrie Island visitors a little Caribbean
By Fred Sherwin
it first opened as a park and public beach in 2005, Petrie
Island has lacked a proper eating establishment where
patrons could relax, enjoy a drink or two, and have a
has been the odd food vendor who has set up shop near
the lifeguard station to sell everything from hotdogs
and hamburgers to wood-fired pizza, but they were all
temporary, lasting only a summer or two.
Beach Grill and Rum Shack is the first attempt at a semi-permanent
eatdery and it's licensed, something no one else has been
able to provide.
outdoor patio and grill is an extension of Bananas Caribbean
Grill and Takeout in the Sobeys mall at Trim and Innes
and their menu has most of the same items including jerk
chicken, roti and Jamaican patties along with more traditional
beach fare like hot dogs and french fries.
patio can accommodate as much as 100 people who can enjoy
a libation or two under thatched canopies including their
signature drink, the Petrie Islander.
Friday, they had their grand opening, complete with a
steel band and a long list of dignitaries including Ottawa
Mayor Jim Watson.
co-owner Sandra Ferguson said the outdoor bar and grill
is a perfect fit for Petrie Island which has been in need
of a proper eating establishment, where patrons can sit
down and enjoy a meal, for years.
could be more perfect for place like this with a beautiful
beach and wonderful park than a taste of the Caribbean,"
said Ferguson, who, along with her fellow owners David
and Trevor Mason, organize Carivibe every year on the
island. "This is something we've been thinking about
doing for the past couple of years, so when the opportunity
came up to actually do something, we jumped at it."
Ward Coun. Bob Monette is hopeful the opening of Bananas
on the Beach will mark a new beginning for the park and
public beach which has suffered from the city's policy
to publicize excess sewage outflows everytime the city
experiences a heavy rainfall.
truth is that the water quality at Petrie Island is no
different than other beaches in the city or municipal
beaches elsewhere in the province, and an increase in
the number of visits to the beach and park shows the place
may have finally gotten over the hump.
nothing else, Bananas Outdoor Grill and Rum Shack will
give visitors a chance to enjoy a fantastic Caribbean-flavour
meal along with their favourite cocktail while soaking
up the sunshine and the cool breeze which often blows
across the island.
fact, if you close your eyes for a second you can easily
imagine yourself sitting at an outdoor patio at your favourite
island resort. Bananas Outdoor Grill and Rum Shack will
allow its patrons to escape the rigours of suburban life
if only for an hour or two, and its less than a 10 minute
drive away from most of the neighbourhoods in Orléans.
East end councillors Bob Monette, Stephen
Blais and Rainer Bloess were joined by Mator
Jim Watson on Friday for the grand opening
of Bananas Beach Grill & Rum Shack on
Petrie Island. Fred Sherwin Photo
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)
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