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The former Relish Gourmet Burgers building on the corner of University Avenue and Euston Street will soon be the home of a new restaurant owned by Charlottetown businessman Paul Haddad. The restaurant will focus on a variety of homemade recipes with seafood, beef, chicken, steak, and possibly even some Lebanese food.
A chain serving gourmet hamburgers will no longer be asking Island customers whether they want pancetta bacon or the walnut pesto on their sandwich.
Relish Gourmet Burgers has shut its doors after being open for about six months on the corner of University Avenue and Euston Street in Charlottetown.
The franchise opened its doors in early March and had them closed in August. Repeated attempts to contact local franchisee George Rashed and franchise owner Rivers Corbett were unsuccessful.
The location had previously been home to the Seatreat Restaurant for a number of years, which was also operated by Rashed.
While the location has just closed, another Charlottetown businessman has already made new plans for the building.
Paul Haddad said he has been waiting for more than a year for the opportunity to open a full restaurant.
Haddad previously owned and operated Black and White Convenience Store on Hillsborough Street, which was a mix between restaurant and convenience store, for 19 years before selling it in 2009.
“I had been looking for a place for the past year really,” he said. “When this opportunity came along, I said ‘I’ll take it’.”
While Haddad didn’t want to give many details of the restaurant yet, he said it will focus on a variety of homemade recipes with seafood, beef, chicken, steak, and possibly even some Lebanese food, all being offered. He said he’s hoping some of his old customers will follow him to the new location.
“I have a good idea of what people want,” he said.
Haddad said he is hoping to have the restaurant open in October but also has some work to do the location before then, including bringing in new equipment, plumbing, electrical, exterior work and general cleaning.
However, he said he remains optimistic.
“I’m pretty positive,” he said. “I’m very positive about this. I wouldn’t have went into it if I wasn’t.”