After the drama

In the wake of all the drama with Kraut King this past week, I fear that another downtown business residing right across the street may be getting lost in the hubbub.

Aqua Books is also one of those downtown gems that everyone needs to visit, and for the moment, it’s not going anywhere. Aqua Books offers stacks and stacks of used books along with all kinds of cultural, artistic and thought-provoking programming. Owner Kelly Hughes has dubbed himself the “Mayor of Winnipeg’s Cultural City Hall” and perusing his weekly list of events would suggest that is, indeed, the case. I took a writing class there once with Canadian writer Jake MacDonald, and it was one of the most enlightening experiences of my life. The building itself is so unique as well, oozing all kinds of character and history.

Kelly unequivocally states that being right across the street from the Garrick Hotel is not a detriment to his business and that both Aqua Books and Eat! Bistro–the restaurant located inside–are thriving in the location. Boy, am I glad to hear that.

Eat! Bistro is definitely one of my favourites in the city where they specialize in appetizer-sized plates perfect for sharing. I adore the chickpea fritters and mushroom bundles. I also love their crispy fries and onion rings that come with over a dozen different choices of sauce. I had already picked Chef Candace’s baking as one of my favourite things to eat in downtown in an earlier post, but I don’t think reiterating the point could possibly do any harm. It’s all really, really good.

There has been some negativity floating around and I wanted to take the time to celebrate a downtown business that’s doing great things for our core.

4 thoughts on “After the drama

  1. The Caesar salad at EAT! is a personal favourite, and the staff are all very friendly. They even know what I’ll be ordering based on who I bring with me for lunch. I also wanted to give a shout-out to the bathrooms at Aqua Books/EAT! Bistro- they’re incredible! Definitely a must-try for any Winnipegger, the food and the bathrooms.

  2. Thanks Peggy. I’m not a Polyanna, but it’s easy to complain, criticize and bash. Less easy to actually do something with a positive impact and stick with it. I think that (most of) the commenters on the CBC and the Freep websites are the problem, not the drunks.

    Kelly Hughes
    Aqua Books/EAT! bistro
    274 Garry Street

  3. I’d love you to have my babies, Downtown Peggy.

    Even if they were stillborn, you’d find a wonderful way to spin it on this blog. 🙂

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