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Sheep’s Head Halifax connection

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By Nick Seebruch
Sheep’s Head Halifax connection
Rizwan Mustafa and Lewis Meehan, of Sheep's Head Bistro (Nick Seebruch/ TC Media).

GLEN WALTER, Ontario – Rizwan Mustafa and Lewis Meehan go way back. In 2013 they were both working at a gastro pub in Halifax, NS and they couldn’t guess at the time, but six years later, they would reunite at a restaurant four provinces away.

Lewis, had originally come to work at the Sheep’s Head Bistro in Glen Walter and invited Rizwan to come to Ontario to join him.

At first Rizwan was not ready to stay in small town Ontario, and already had a job lined up in Toronto, but he met a local girl and quickly changed his mind.

Back in Sept. 2018, the then owner of Sheep’s Head offered to sell the restaurant to Rizwan, but at the time, Lewis had moved on and become a chef at the Nav Centre.

“I said I couldn’t do it unless Lewis came back as head chef,” Rizwan said.

And return Lewis did. Rizwan took ownership of the Sheep’s Head Bistro on Jan. 7, 2019 and brought Lewis in as head chef.

Their general philosophy for running the restaurant is quality food, quality service, and a fluid menu.

“I always said to Lewis it is for us to provide excellent service and excellent food,” said Rizwan. “We keep our menu small. Our menu is one page and Lewis changes it with the season.”

“Right now we are trying to build a clientele and show them that there is something good down here,” said Lewis.

Rizwan said that they want the Sheep’s Head to be a trend setter.

“We didn’t want to change anything, we wanted to elevate the restaurant to the next level,” he said. “We want to keep moving forward and pushing ourselves.”

Amongst the many things it is known for, Sheep’s Head Bistro is a popular spot for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, which includes their delicious Brunch Poutine.

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