By Adam Brazeau
CORNWALL, Ontario – A downtown Cornwall restaurant that’s been closed for nearly three and a half months after a vehicle plowed into its storefront will finally reopen in a few weeks.
“I’m excited to get the doors back open – everything should be ready by early February at the latest,” said Mike Henstock.
The 44-year-old Cornwall resident owns and lives at Ye Old English Fish ‘N Chip Shop on First Street East.
His parents opened the popular eatery 18 years ago, and he took over a decade later. After a brief hiatus, Henstock’s family legacy will usher in a new era in dining.
It seems Cornwall is still hungry for more, since each of his visits to the Cornwall Square are filled with questions about the restaurant’s return.
The exterior still has a small ways to go, but at least the building has a door and walls again. Next are the siding and a front window. Henstock boasted that the interior has really shaped up and is near completion.
“We hope to see everyone back at the restaurant,” said Henstock.
He invites anyone with an appetite to the reopening which will be advertised in local media. Regular patrons can expect the shop to be restored to its original state, including the menu.
A 49-year-old Akwesasne man crashed into the establishment, which is located at 9 First Street East between Pitt and Sydney streets, on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, at approximately 2:45 a.m., police sources said.
Witnesses at the scene believed the incident was a case of drunk driving.
The man was charged with impaired operation of a motor vehicle and over 80.