Go for the Gusto

Bob Gray
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Want some dessert? Pinar and Adnan Paputcu are just the people to see at Gusto patisserie on Pownal Street in Charlottetown. It’s worth staying for lunch, too.

There are worse things to do than to sit in the big comfy leather easy chairs at Gusto, gazing out on the streetscape on a glorious late summer day and enjoying a tasty unique lunch.

Earlene and I found ourselves far from the madding crowds last week at lunch time, gobbling up one of the best priced lunches on the Island in a very pleasant and spotlessly clean European patisserie.

Well, maybe not that far from the crowds. It was about 50 feet to be honest. Gusto is on Pownal Street, down close to Water Street in Charlottetown. If it were on Queen Street, one block away, it would be overrun with customers.

However, it’s in a former corner grocery one block and a seeming light-year away from the busy restaurant central area, and it’s a wonderful place to relax and unwind.

What would you do if you were a public relations specialist who owned your own PR firm and had a degree in psychology as well as an MBA (masters of business administration)?

I know what I’d do — anything I felt like.

Which apparently was what Pinar Paputcu did. And what she felt like doing was moving to Canada from Turkey and opening a patisserie on Pownal Street in Charlottetown with her husband, Adnan.

She does the cooking, and he does the genial serving and kibbitzing with the customers out front.



Organizations: MBA

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, Pownal Street, Charlottetown Water Street Queen Street Canada Turkey

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