Thunder Bay·Northern Nosh

Check out this diner in Nipigon where 'comfort' is the driving philosophy

Back in 2019, Cory Douglas hit a personal rock bottom in his home of Winnipeg. He was desperate for change and a new beginning. So he put his finger on a map, landed on Nipigon in northwestern Ontario, and decided to move there.

Ducky's Diner serves food that channels Cory Douglas's feelings of comfort and home

Ducky's Diner is located on Railway Street in Nipigon. (Ducky's Diner/Facebook)

Back in 2019, Cory Douglas hit a personal rock bottom in his home of Winnipeg.

Desperate for change and a new beginning, he did something that would end up changing his life and career forever.

Tap the player to hear what happened next.

Cory Douglas is the owner of Ducky's Diner in Nipigon. Back in 2019, Cory hit a personal rock bottom in his home of Winnipeg. He was desperate for change — and a new beginning. He told Jonathan Pinto what happened next.
The inside of Ducky's when it opened in March. (Ducky's Diner/Facebook)

"Ducky's is about comfort," explained Douglas. "The whole restaurant itself was designed solely on my childhood, including the menu and the interior. It was a place that could take me home."

While initially more takeout focused due to COVID-19 restrictions, Douglas recently launched an expanded menu and dine-in service.

Ducky's take on a wedge salad. (Ducky's Diner/Facebook)

Ducky's Diner is located at 161 Railway St. in Nipigon in northwestern Ontario.

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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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