It has taken more work and aggravation than was expected, but now, finally, Bocado, Stuart Cameron’s latest restaurant has opened its doors. That opening, welcome as it is, is more than just the opening of another restaurant, it represents the last act in a chain of events, bringing the historic Bristol Building into sharp focus as the home of the five local businesses, County CoWorking, 2Gallery, Forest Hill Realty, The County T-Shirt Company, and of course Bocado. It also represents the fulfillment of Jamie Troke’s personal vision to restore and revitalize a heritage building by attracting new businesses. Jamie is committed to restoring heritage buildings and returning them to use...his office occupies what one was Greenley’s Book store in downtown Belleville.
The Bristol Building, named after Almon Bristol, has had a most interesting existance, which initially was brought to a swift conclusion by a fire in 1871. Undeterred, a new and larger department store was built. Joined by his son, Hazzard, the business expanded to be one of the largest stores between Montreal and Toronto. Later the company became part of a Canadian Department Store chain, then part of Eaton’s.
Some may recall days not too recently gone by when the Bristol Building was home to Currah’s restaurant. Now, the culinary geography has moved west a little, from France to Spain, and Stuart’s new enterprise is providing The County with its first opportunity to experience authentic Spanish dishes...tapas as it known.
Bocado focuses on the best produce from Prince Edward County combined with specialty ingredients from Europe. “The menu is based on what farmers bring to the table,” says Stuart. “We’ll have some regular dishes but then we’ll rotate to showcase what the farmers are growing.” County bounty takes pride of place, from Vicky’s tomatoes in the Pan con Tomate, to Basswood honey which is drizzled over Fifth Town’s artisanal goats cheese. “It’s a labour of love, this kind of cuisine really inspires me, and being able to get everything in your own backyard, it’s a more organic way of doing things. We’re creating a really fun restaurant that locals and tourists alike can enjoy and feel welcome. A true celebration of food and drink." bocadorestaurant.ca
The Prince Edward County T-Shirt Company is The County's premier apparel brand and home to the iconic "PEC" hand screen printed design. County T-Shirts offers a full range of high-quality garments for the whole family from tees to sweatpants, sweaters to hats and more, celebrating the folk stories, places, and history of Prince Edward County. They also carry original keepsakes and an eclectic mix of curated local and premium brands. Shop in-person or online at countytshirts.com A county original since 2013, located just down the lane.
Since 1985 Forest Hill Real Estate has been recognized as one of Canada’s largest and most respected full-service real estate brokerages and is the first stop for luxurious and distinctive residential real estate throughout Greater Toronto Area and Southern Ontario. Forest Hill considered Prince Edward County to be a prime destination with plenty of opportunity and opened their doors just this past year in 2020. A strong and energetic team that has real estate experience across Southern Ontario, combines local knowledge with premium residential services. If you are thinking of buying or selling in The County, then put Forest Hill to work for you. As part of a powerful network of over one thousand agents in forty premium destinations, Forest Hill is well positioned to connect your property with the right buyer.
Take the time to explore the Bristol Building and enjoy the local offerings these business provide.