Reds Corner is closing its doors, but only temporarily

Owner Ambyr MacDonald says she isn’t calling it quits and it will reopen

Steve Sharratt
Published on March 13, 2016

Red Corners, located at Poole's Corner, will close its doors, but will reopen after its staff "has a rest."

©Guardian photo by Steve Sharratt

A landmark operation that has been part of the P.E.I. business roster for more than half a century is closing, but only temporarily.

The owner of Red’s Corner has announced the doors will close April 16, but Ambyr MacDonald says she isn’t calling it quits. In fact, the owner of the classic eatery at Poole’s’ Corner, says the closure is temporary and is a rest period for her faithful staff.

“We are going to take some time to downsize and spend some quality time with our families and friends and once we get some rest (we will) move on to the next chapter,’’ says MacDonald. “We will be back….better than ever.”

MacDonald wasn’t releasing further details on the closure or the future of the operation, which began as the Kingsway Motel in the 1960s and then became the Whim Inn in the 1980s when her parents, Ken and Cindy, took it over. The current operator turned it into Red’s Corner six years ago. 

The 20 room motel portion of the operation, a few kilometres from Montague, hasn’t been in operation for years and MacDonald has maintained a successful business based on the restaurant, bar and rental business. Red’s Corner is also known for musical performances and a monthly blues jam featuring some local favorites. It has also been the campaign office for Cardigan MP Lawrence MacAulay for years.

“We have really been lucky with such a great, regular clientele that have carried us through the years and without the local support we would have never made it,” said the single mom, who credits her staff and family for the support.

The local rumour mill suggests the motel portion will be torn down and a new restaurant will open on the site or the property has been purchased by a developer and Red’s will move to another location. At this point though, MacDonald isn’t saying.