MALLORYTOWN - Experienced Chef Dale Donnelly is about to fulfill his dream of opening a restaurant on the shore of the St. Lawrence River.
Already the owner of Mallorytown's Landing Restaurant and Trattoria in Mallorytown, Dale is happy he will soon be launching Donnelly's on the Ivy Lea village waterfront.
"Donnelly's on the river is going to be a licensed restaurant featuring the best view in the 1000 Islands with a remodelled look and moderately-priced menu options," Dale says of seeing the former Mount Airy Resort (more recently named Smuggler's Run) reopened. It will feature a new trellised waterfront patio and indoor restaurant with combined seating for 300. A soft opening is planned for early May with the full opening set for the Victoria Day May long weekend.
"There is something for all tastes with a selection of craft beers and specialty cocktails all in a Florida Keys-style atmosphere right here in Canada on the river," he says.
Dale has been working in kitchens since his youth. He earned his Red Seal chef's accreditation by age 19 and has cooked at high-level hotels and smaller local restaurants. Dale was head chef for 10 years at what is now called Shorelines Casino Thousand Islands. For the past 5 years he has been growing Mallorytown's Landing Restaurant into an eatery which consistently receives 5-star ratings from online reviewers.
"We're a family-style country restaurant," he says of the Landing, which features special menu and theme nights, including karaoke, a games room, a summer patio and regular entertainment. It seats approximately 120 people.
"Our numbers are increasing every year and we're highly rated by tourists and travelers.
We have a lot of talent here with 2 Red Seal chefs and one with 40+ years of experience," says Dale. Food is fresh and of top-notch quality, according to Dale. He plans to offer the same quality fresh foods with affordable options for all at Donnelly's when it opens. He will soon be looking to hire cooks, servers and bartenders.
Learn more about Mallorytown's Landing Restaurant and Trattoria by visiting their Facebook page, email or give them a call at 613-923-2222. Delivery is available. The restaurant is located at 1489 County Road 2 in Mallorytown.
Look for announcements from Dale on the upcoming opening of Donnelly's. Their number is 613-659-4334.