Famed Canadian chef Jonathan Gushue is planning to open a new restaurant in downtown Kitchener, according to a staff report to Kitchener council.
The report to council is a review of a liquor licence application, filed for a restaurant called The Berlin. Kitchener staff confirmed to CBC that the application was filed by former Langdon Hall executive chef Jonathan Gushue, for what is believed to be his first independent restaurant.
The Berlin is slated to open at 41 King St. W., formally The Ren at 41, the report said.
The restaurant will have a capacity of 200 people and be open for meals Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., according to the brief.
The staff report said Gushue is "a well renowned chef in Canada is is looking forward to operating in Kitchener."
Gushue made headlines in 2013 when he went missing following a New Year's celebration. The chef was found in good health outside of Ontario about ten days later, and subsequently took a leave of absence from his post as top chef at Langdon Hall.
In 2014 Gushue left the prestigious restaurant in Cambridge for a position redesign the menu and supervising the expansion of Queen Margherita Pizza in Toronto.