(WINDSOR, ON) – For most of its existence, the many shops and restaurants on Via Italia, as Windsor’s Little Italy is known, were mostly non-descript. Many had original storefronts reflecting tastes prevalent in the city in the 1920s or earlier.
Others have been somewhat transformed to reflect a more Italian-centric presentation while still others have been completely modernized.
Slowly over the last few months, however, a dramatic change has become visible on a two story building which, when completed in about three months, will bring a true Roman Gothic appearance to this part of Erie Street.
One entrepreneur is taking façade style to a whole new level that could set a new, historic tone for the street. Vern Myslichuk, the owner of Bettermade Cabinets, is working to replicate true Italian architectural design at Bacchus Ristorante, his new fine dining establishment at 614 Erie Street East.
It is not easy to replicate a form of architecture that is highly decorative. The process involves carefully sculpting what is really almost a lost art. The pieces are then used to create molds and is painstaking work. Myslichuk admits it is also very expensive.
But, it is part of a plan to create, what he hopes will become, Windsor’s greatest restaurant, both in design and in all measurements. He is also matching the standard of his façade with the interior presentation and, to compliment the architectural effort, the kitchen is home to a chef Myslichuk calls the best in the city.
The ground floor will also include another addition to hospitality on Erie; the Verna-Q-lar bar, which will be designed in a similar fashion.
All of this should be fully open to the public in about four months, although Bacchus is now serving.