New & Noteable: Lunch Bell Bistro
Lunch Bell Bistro
662 Main Street
Hours: Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
A new Winnipeg bistro—located in the heart of downtown—is serving more than just customers.
Lunch Bell Bistro, a Monday to Friday lunch spot, is staffed with intellectually and developmentally delayed people training for careers in the hospitality industry.
Trainees work for about eight weeks—in both front and back of the house—with help from a handful of permanent staff, including executive chef Chris Tascona, former owner of La Trattoria in St. Boniface.
The menu is a cheery melange of soups, sandwiches and salads. Nothing deep-fried here. Tower Hill Turkey Club, Basil Street Roasted Chicken, Hyde Park pulled pork and a curry infused East India Station Tuna all satisfy. For a bigger appetite settle in with a Baron's Court burger and don't forget to add on the cheddar and bacon for extra heft.
House-made sweets like cinnamon buns, butter tarts and hand-crafted pies are impressive too.
The bistro is bright and modern and is flooded with natural light from large windows along one wall and an all-glass store front. Grab a sandwich to go from an upright fridge at the back of the cozy dining room or stay for table service and meet some of the staff in training.
The new bistro is the work of Centre Venture Development Corporation in collaboration with the federal government's Homeless Partnering Strategy. Changes—a Winnipeg-based organization helping connecting adults with special needs to housing, training and work.
The bistro sits on a section of Winnipeg's Main Street with an edgy reputation. The bistro is a welcome addition to the neighbourhood and adds new life to Winnipeg's downtown streets.
Peg City Grub is your ultimate source for everything foodie in Winnipeg. From the hottest chefs to the best new restaurants to the most delicious events, we’ve got you covered. Follow us on Twitter @pegcitygrub and visit www.tourismwinnipeg.com for more on the city’s fabulous dining options.
Peg City Grub is a Tourism Winnipeg culinary initiative.