Posted by: Manager / Associate Curator | March 24, 2020

Elegant dining at La Seigneurie St Laurent in Glen Walter

Opening at Noon on November 1976 in the former Craig family’s St. Lawrence Lodge, La Seigneurie St Laurent boasted of four dining rooms and a licenced lounge on two levels as well as hot and cold kitchens. The facility was staffed with a chef, sous-chef, apprentice chef, kitchen helper, three dishwashers, five bus boys, 10 waiters, four waitresses and had a capacity of 96 patrons. Dinner was French cuisine served on fine English china under the care of chef Peter MacDonald, a 32 year old with 16 years experience. MacKay custom-designed the $30,000 kitchen.

Scenery, proximity to the river and golf course and location on Heritage Highway #2, were all deemed to be selling points.

The idea for the restaurant came from a tourism presentation in 1970. The presenter posited that if Cornwall was ever to grow as a tourism centre, it would need a high-end restaurant. Cornwall entrepreneur George Assaly took the message to heart. The partnership which registered as Strasborg Enterprises Limited had Assaly as its president and Donald McKay as secretary-treasurer and restaurant manager.

The partners purchased and restored the 1828 Craig home, which was enlarged in 1910. Featuring 11 bedrooms, high ceilings and spacious rooms, the building, after expanding some rooms for dining, was well-suited to functioning as a restaurant.

Future plans called for an open-air theatre and boat docking across the street.

Tragedy struck in January of 1981; a catastrophic fire brought about the end of La Seigneurie St Laurent.



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