The HUB to open new Seaforth location
BY DENNY SCOTT
Later this year The HUB Patio and Pub will open its third official site at the former location of Janet’s Country Donut Café on Seaforth’s main street.
Julie Dubblestyne, the marketing manager for The HUB, which has locations in both Stratford and Mitchell, said that while each site of the restaurant/butchery will be unique, the Seaforth one will feature a lot of the amenities that the Stratford site includes.
“There will be a large outdoor patio,” she said. “Construction will begin as soon as the ground is thawed. We’re hoping to have open doors the second week in April for take-out, delivery and dine-in.”
Currently, the company is working on the site to bring it in line with the existing two HUB locations. After taking possession of the property in mid-February, the company, through its Facebook page, explained the changes would include the aforementioned patio, a butchery counter, draft beer and live music.
“We are doing construction on the structure,” she said. “The HUB is known for funky, industrial style and having beer on draft. We are going to go with the same feel.”
She said part of the draw is that local beer will be on draft, which joins the rest of the locally-sourced menus.
“All of our products are sourced locally,” she said. “Our burgers, from the butchery, for example, have no filler and are sourced from a local farm. Our number one goal is to sustain local businesses in and around the communities we are in.”
She said the Seaforth location will feature similar specials to the other two sites, with specific meals being discounted on specific days.
As for why they moved to Seaforth, Dubblestyne said The HUB had found success with opening in Mitchell along with great support in the community. She said it made sense to pursue an option in Seaforth and, working with the former owner of Janet’s, the opportunity was too good to pass up.
She also said that working with small communities and municipal councils is nice because both are very welcoming and excited for new businesses.
What will make the Seaforth site of The HUB unique, she said, is that it will be the first site to serve breakfast. Dubblestyne explained the decision to offer breakfast is due in part to the fact that Janet’s had a breakfast menu and, after speaking with Seaforth residents, having a breakfast option would be a very popular move.
The HUB butchery will also be offered in the site, Dubblestyne said, offering the chance to buy bacon, sausage, steak, chicken, jerky and burgers. She said having a breakfast option, much like Janet’s Country Donut Café had, would just make sense.
“It just made sense to continue with that tradition,” she said. “It will be scaled down, but will all still be available.”
Dubblestyne said the business is currently hiring for all positions, and for more information on that process and the construction process in general, she said the best place to start is on The HUB Seaforth’s Facebook page.