New restaurant opens in old dairy

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Plan B Restaurant and Grill opened its doors for business on Thursday in the former Laurentian View Dairy building. Gary McAnulty put in his order while giving the new local business a thumb’s up.

As previously reported in the NRT, Caroline Roberts and Ben Quine, of Thoth Technology Inc, purchased the former Dairy building in 2018, with ambitious plans for the local landmark.

Roberts and Quine are both business partners and a married couple who call Mackey home.

Thoth Technology is a Canadian space and defence company, founded in 2001, which specializes in space situational awareness (SSA).

Among its offerings are spacecraft navigation and tracing services, spectrometers, electronics software and hardware, thermal vacuum systems and atmospheric optical simulation services.

While renovations continue apace enroute to a tentative opening date of early 2021 for the space test facility, work has also been very much underway on another part of the business’s venture.

That would be Plan B Restaurant and Grill, offering a wide range of food offerings, including burgers and pizza, steak, sandwiches wraps and much more.

Renovations towards that end of the business began in earnest in 2019.

“It’s taken about a year,” Quine told the NRT last month. “The pandemic slowed our pace a bit.”

Plan B Restaurant Bar and Grill will eventually be accompanied by adjoining retail space.

Oh, and did we mention the double-decker?

No, not the sandwich (though that may be offered on the grill) but the bus itself.

That’s right. There’s a 1949 British Leyland double decker bus currently sitting in the building, which the couple found near Arnprior.

It’s undergoing extensive renovations for its future purpose, likely next year, outside the building as possibly the world’s most unique ice cream truck.

“We think it probably has about three million miles on it,” Quine says of the double-decker, which was exported to Canada in 1965, for the Montreal Expo, to help market British cheese.

“And probably about three million people rode on it,” Roberts adds with a smile.

Already they’ve found the “largest ice cream freezer we could buy,” even though that necessitated having to cut the back of the bus off in order to get it inside the vehicle.

“We wanted to bring a little a little bit of bling to Deep River,” said Quine.

There’s been a lot of local buzz and anticipation about the new business venture, and it hasn’t gone unnoticed by the couple.

“We feel very welcome in the community,” said Roberts.

“When we started putting up our signs, people came out to cheer!”


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