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Flavor 19 finds recipe for success at Lingan Country Club
SYDNEY — Restaurant owner Scott Morrison figures he has a recipe for success at Flavor 19, which opened in April at the Lingan Country Club.
Morrison sees a lot of potential in the location, which is across the highway from Cape Breton University and Marconi campus of the Nova Scotia Community College.
“It’s a busy highway and we just thought it’s a good spot,” he said. “A lot of people look at it like, ‘OK, it’s a little bit far out from Sydney,’ but when you create a venue, people will come out for special events, they will come out in the evening.
“They don’t mind driving 10 or 20 minutes to go somewhere if they know they will sit around and relax and have a good meal.”
Glace Bay and New Waterford are also underserviced for this kind of venue, and it’s important to be different from other restaurants, he said.
“If you are selling the same product, you are going to go to this one or that one,” Morrison said. “You have to give people a reason to come there. I think that reason is creativity and sort of a contemporary atmosphere — and the food service, of course.”
Morrison said a lot of restaurants have had to raise the bar in recent years.
“They have had to change their menus, they can’t just serve frozen fish and chicken fingers and survive. People are looking for something different.”
Consumers are also more conscious of healthy food and some are vegetarians, vegans, or on gluten-free diets, he said.
“There are a lot of different people’s diets we take into consideration.”
Flavor 19, which is open year-round, has live music Fridays and Saturdays. Morrison is also working on having a monthly dinner-and-a-show event.
Morrison is a chef and recently retired as a French immersion high school teacher.
He opened Flavor downtown in Sydney in 2008 as a bistro-style restaurant with a European-based menu.
Business has increased every year in terms of the number of people served, the catering and number of employees, he said.
The restaurants employ 40 people, many of whom have been around since the beginning.
Morrison said employees are provided with health and dental plans, which isn’t that common in the industry.
Flavor won a People’s Choice Award Best Place to Dine from the Sydney and Area Chamber of Commerce in 2010 and both restaurants won in 2011, he said.
Credit Cape Breton Post
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