A new sit-down restaurant is opening in Tuktoyaktuk, N.W.T. after a decade without one
End of the Road Ltd. opening restaurant as businesses prepare for new Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk highway
When visitors start driving to Tuktoyaktuk, N.W.T., they will have a place to sit down and eat a warm meal.
End of the Road Ltd. has owned an inn and convenience store in the hamlet for nearly three years, but recently expanded into the the food industry.
It started offering takeout in July and is now planning a sit-down restaurant — the first to open in the hamlet in a decade, according to the hamlet's economic development officer.
There used to be two restaurants in Tuktoyaktuk, including the Hotel Tuk Inn, but there hasn't been a sit-down restaurant since it closed in 2007.
"I was just seeing an opportunity with the road coming, I just thought it would be great to do this," said Gary Reidford, one of the four owners of End of the Road Ltd., who has been living in the North since 1991.
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"It's been a crawling to walking type of process for us," he said. "We started off with just a small area and we sold different convenience items, [now] the final part of our business is going to be this sit-down restaurant."
End of the Road Ltd. is also catering events, including the feast for the evening celebrations that will happen when the Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk highway opens this month.
The menu for the restaurant isn't set yet, but Reidford said he wants to serve food people in town like to eat.
"We've got to be careful, a lot of restaurants don't make it," he said.
A few tasks need to be finished before the dining room opens — like repairing a freezer — but otherwise things are on schedule, he said.
"It's all ready," Lindholm said, "we just need to set the tables up and put the tablecloths on."
Once the sit-down restaurant opens for business, it will serve food between Wednesdays and Sundays during the evening.