Ohh Chocolat Cafe is kitty-corner to the new Park House condominium development going in at the foot of George Street.
And while the development will probably be good for business once it’s completed, right now it’s having a serious impact on the local eatery as Ohh Chocolat, located on the corner, is now at the end of two dead-end streets. The construction has decreased both foot and vehicle traffic. The result is that Ohh Chocolat will temporarily close its café/retail doors.
“It is with sadness that we have come to this decision based on circumstance beyond our control, but at the same time are excited about restructuring and moving forward,” said Wendy Giannisis, general manager for Ohh Chocolat Cafe and Sweet Sassy Savoury Catering. “Our message is clear – we are not going anywhere.”
The business will still be operating out of its George Street location, as Sweet Sassy Savoury Catering Company. Starting in November, they will also have the space available to book for private meetings, gatherings, dinners, parties and events up to 50 people.
“Although the walk-in side of the café will be temporarily closed, we plan on having our chocolates distributed through some of our favourite local merchants – including Serengeti and Northern Lights Estate Winery,” said Giannisis. “We are also in the process of developing a new website, where you will be able to order our chocolates online.
“Our business model might be changing, but we remain strong and solid in our commitment to serve our community. We have been a small, family-owned and operated downtown business since October 2008, and we are very proud of the impact and level of participation we have had in our amazing city.”
In July, the city issued a news release stating that Seventh Avenue in front of the Cenotaph at City Hall will be closed to vehicles “from July 9 to fall later this year. Foot traffic, however, will be allowed.”