ROB DRAL The Standard
LINDSAY: The new Symposium Café in Lindsay is 21 years in the making according to Woody, Owner of the restaurant and lounge. “21 years ago, I came to Lindsay to visit a cottage and knew I wanted to stay here and build a business. I tried a few different things with my partner Victor, until Symposium Café came along and we formed a partnership.”
It wasn’t an easy decision for Woody. He told The Standard that many people told him a restaurant would fail, but Woody had faith in the local community. Not only is the restaurant doing great, but they also have created over 30 jobs in Lindsay, helping the local economy. “We have over 30 employees right now, and are currently training more and are still hiring!” said Woody. “These are mostly full-time positions, not as many seasonal employees,” added Woody.
The Symposium Café offers a wide variety of menu options, including their widely popular breakfast menu. Breakfast includes everything from traditional options such as bacon and eggs, or omelettes to gourmet offerings of Thai Pineapple Pork medallions or Eggs Benedict. In addition to breakfast, The Symposium Café also serves everything from flatbread, to special appetizers such as sweet & spicy Thai chicken, to entrees such as Jack Daniel’s Flat Iron Steak and Mediterranean Tilapia. No matter what you are in the mood for, The Symposium Café has you covered. A takeout menu is also available.
In celebration of 20 years serving the community, Symposium Café is offering a daily special throughout the week. Monday’s special is a burger or sandwich for only $5 and a 20oz. glass of beer also for $5.
Thursday is ‘Date Night.’ Dinner for two is only $48 and includes a salad, main entree, a dessert, and beverage. Everyday from 4-6 features 33% off appetizers and $4 well drinks.
In addition to the great food and drink options, The Symposium Café also gives back to the community.
The Symposium Café is a proud supporter of the Breakfast Club of Canada, providing breakfast for 22 schools. According to their website, a portion of each sale from the 7 Day Specials, goes to help sustain a local BCC program school. So when you’re having Burgers & Beer on Monday, Martinis & Mussels on Wednesday, or enjoying their Thursday Dinner for Two, you’ll also be supporting a great cause.
The Symposium Café has been hitting the greens since 2008 in support of Breast Cancer research with their annual ‘Annual Symposium Charity Golf Tournament.’ For a second year in a row, they are proud to present a cheque for $50,000 to the Breast Cancer Society of Canada. Other charity initiatives include working with World Vision International. With the opening of every new Symposium location, Symposium Cafe Restaurant & Lounge commits to the sponsorship of another child through the World Vision International program.
The Symposium Café is open Sunday to Thursday from 8 am to 1 am, and Friday and Saturday from 8 am to 1 am. They are located at 449 Kent Street West, Lindsay and can be reached at 705-328-2929.
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