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The bar will be complete with a wood-fired oven
A new floating restaurant hopes to make a splash in Charlottetown.
The co-owners of Nimrods’ plan to build a floating pizza bar at the Peake’s Quay Marina, complete with a 5,000-pound wood-fired pizza oven.
The owners of the marina approached the co-owners of Nimrods’ about the idea.
The menu will consist of pizza, hand-made pasta and craft beers.
“We were approached by the Charlottetown marina to build something new because they’re expanding the dock here,’’ said Mikey Wasnidge, one of the three co-owners of Nimrods’.
So, Wasnidge and his partners, Jesse Clausheide and Nigel Haan, put their heads together and attempted to dream up what it could be.
“We started looking at things we had seen when we were travelling and came up with sort of a beach hut-inspired wood fire pizza and pasta bar.’’
Nimrods’ made headlines last month when Charlottetown city council rejected its request for a proposed licensed mobile canteen on a vacant lot between Cedar’s Eatery and the Old Triangle on Great George Street. Council voted it down despite widespread support for the proposal at a public meeting.
But these business owners are bouncing back with a vengeance and are ambitiously planning to be open at the marine within the next two to three weeks.
“We’re pretty good at putting our heads down and getting stuff done,’’ said Clausheide. “We completely overhauled and built a food trailer in 25 days and opened.’’
Clausheide refers to the food truck they opened on St. Peters Road just in time for Burger Love. They’ve since moved that operation out to 591 North River Rd., beside Murphy’s Pharmacy.
Wasnidge said since the end of March their vision just kept expanding. That’s where the idea for the mobile licensed canteen came from. When council rejected it, he figured they were back to square one.
“It’s possibly the greatest challenge of our lives because we have to figure out how to float a 5,000-pound wood-fired pizza oven.’’
- Mikey Wasnidge, co-owner of Nimrods’
“This was really just a stroke of luck,’’ Wasnidge said of the marina owners approaching them with this offer. “We now have to rise to that occasion and make it happen. It’s possibly the greatest challenge of our lives because we have to figure out how to float a 5,000-pound wood-fired pizza oven.’’
Haan, who is designing a 12-foot Nimrods’ sign for the floating restaurant, said they’re going all out on the oven. The material is being sourced locally and will be done by John Rousseau of Belle River’s Red Clay Construction.
“We’re not skimping,’’ Haan said. “We’re going right to the top dog to get a good oven.’’
Wasnidge said all of this could end up costing around $40,000 to $50,000. They’ve launched a kickstarter campaign to offset some of the costs. The hope is to raise $10,000 and they’re about a third of the way there.
Anyone interested in contributing can go to the Nimrods’ Facebook page for the link. Essentially, donations come with perks.
Nimrods’ is also renting a prep kitchen at the Charlottetown Curling Complex so that the three co-owners can prepare food for both locations and make the operation more manageable.
Nimrods’ will join Zak’s Burgers and Shakes, the Chip Shack, the Sugar Shack and Boathouse Brews at the newly expanded marina.