Contextually ... I put everything into and gained something immeasurable from operating 'The Back Lane Cafe' ...
- a great reward of memories, conversations & flavours.
Look, love & kidding aside, I have CLOSED 'The Back Lane Cafe' aka BLC.
Biz is biz & ... history often. Yet life is rich isn't it?
Hintonburg was a special home. A timeless landmark neighbourhood. I’m excited about the quality of life that is forming there.
I love the space we built on Wellington. The ordeal of doing that was wabi-sabi. Look it up, its not a shop. All positive!
My suppliers and service colleagues have been wonderful to me. They are the foundation & shoulders of all restaurants in Ottawa. A highly respected major industry run by special caring people.
The talents that I have seen in Ottawa really exceeded what I first envisioned in planning stages of BLC.
The shoulders, talents and potential of BLC obviously were the staff. What a great group of personalities and colleagues – in that order. Unforgettable!
BLC staff made the Back Lane work. They gave it soul and flavor.
Among them I saw an incredible passage of talent & enterprise. Nothing is greater than seeing an identity form. Instincts became unconscious skills. Swagger was healthy and deserved, each in control of their destiny.
This happens all over the city in great restaurants. It is the biz.
Forgive the boast that a BLC swagger is special. It is.
Don’t fool yourself every day was almost-controlled chaos & those with 'BLC' on their cv’s are battle ready family. My family no matter what they say. I loved every moment of it.
Age & I, need to run a different stride together right now but I will always love what I do and work to see you again, soon.
I’ll miss you until then!