Sudbury·Northern Nosh

Meet the couple who moved to Manitoulin Island to take over a restaurant — at the start of COVID-19

Imagine moving halfway across the province to open a restaurant at the beginning of a global pandemic. That's exactly what Kevin and Sheina Hemstreet did back in 2020 when they moved to Manitoulin Island to take over The Garden's Gate in Tehkummah.
Kevin and Sheina Hemstreet own The Garden's Gate in Tehkummah. (The Garden's Gate/Facebook)

Imagine moving halfway across the province to run a restaurant at the beginning of a global pandemic.

Well, that's exactly what Kevin and Sheina Hemstreet did back in 2020 when they moved from London, Ont. to Manitoulin Island to take over The Garden's Gate, a long-running farmhouse-turned-restaurant in Tehkummah.

The Garden's Gate was established in 1991. (The Garden's Gate/Facebook)

"Kevin and I always chatted about the idea of moving north," Sheina explained. "We often talked about doing that once our children were grown. [But] once the pandemic started and we had a lot more time to sit around and talk about our dreams, we just decided, 'why wait?'" 

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Jonathan spoke with Kevin and Sheina Hemstreet, the new owners of The Garden's Gate restaurant on Manitoulin Island.

The Garden's Gate is at 316 Highway 542 in Tehkummah.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jonathan Pinto is the host of Up North, CBC Radio One's regional afternoon show for Northern Ontario and is based in Sudbury. He was formerly a reporter/editor and an associate producer at CBC Windsor. Email jonathan.pinto@cbc.ca.

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