SCUGOG: A new restaurant has recently opened in Port Perry.
The Foundry Kitchen and Bar was officially opened to the public on Thursday, Nov. 10th.
Owner and Chef, Steven Lovisa said it has always been his dream to own a restaurant, and when the opportunity arose, he seized it.
“The location had a lot of promise and great potential, and I thought the time was right in my life and I had to jump on it and my partner encouraged me to do so,” he said.
Mr. Lovisa also credits his business partner and girlfriend Meaghan O’Hara with being instrumental in helping his vision become a reality.
“She's been an incredible amount of help,” he said. “I had the vision for the place, but she's worked in the industry for a long time and has a great deal of experience in things that I never really considered, as far as the front of house and service aspects, stuff I wasn't as familiar with. I couldn't do it without her.”
Mr. Lovisa has been a chef for 14 years. Originally from Northwestern Ontario, he came from Prince Edward Island eight years ago and spent some time in Oshawa before moving to Port Perry. He immediately fell in love with the area.
“Walking downtown is really nice. I really like all the boutique shops. I'm a boater, so it's great to be on the lake. After spending six years here, it's the longest I've spent in a community in my whole life, so it feels like home,” he told The Standard.
Mr. Lovisa also wanted to give people an idea of what to expect when they come through the door.
"I like to think of it as a bit of an upscale casual location. I want people to feel comfortable, like they can 'come as you are' type of thing. Bistro style cuisine, fresh foods, small menu that we will rotate regularly, a focus on local products as much as possible, sustainable products and ethically harvested proteins and seafoods. It's just a matter of using the finest ingredients I can find, and presenting them relatively simple so that they speak for themselves.”
He also stressed the importance of creating a positive customer experience.
“I've always thought that aside from food and liquor in restaurants, we always sell experiences, and I just want to provide people with memorable experiences,” Mr. Lovisa said.
The Foundry is located at 56 Water St.