Kelsey’s Refreshes its Cornwall Restaurant

By Bob Peters
September 27, 2012

Kevin and Wendy Hargreaves - Kelsey's CornwallCornwall Ontario - The sign above the door says “Your Neighbourhood Bar & Grill”, and like much of Cornwall these days, the experience once you walk inside is new, bright and welcoming.

The Kelsey’s restaurant in Cornwall, a landmark on Brookdale Avenue for 10 years, has had a complete makeover, courtesy of owners Kevin and Wendy Hargreaves.

“We wanted to make the restaurant a little bit more inviting and at the same time showcase our connection to the community,” says Mr. Hargreaves. “I am a big advocate of Cornwall and love the direction this City is heading. It was an easy decision to reinvest.”

The immediate and most obvious change is in the new striking art that adorns the walls. Over two dozen large prints by local photographer Jason McNamara highlight Cornwall’s architecture, sports figures and history, and are a perfect complement to the new interior design theme.

“Rick McNabb, President of Kelsey’s, was here to check out the restaurant and he was really impressed with how the photographs celebrate Cornwall,” said Mr. Hargreaves.  “It may end up being adopted as a best practice throughout the company.”

The complete renovation project include new furniture, new flooring, new millwork, new light fixtures, new HD TVs,  and a new fireplace and granite bar top. The restaurant was closed while the work was done over a 7 day period.

“Closing the restaurant for a week left us with a fridge full of perishable food,” said Wendy Hargreaves. “We called up the Agape Centre and they were ecstatic to receive several pounds of our famous Kelsey wings - in addition to other meat!”

Giving back to the community is nothing new to Kevin and Wendy Hargreaves. Since arriving in Cornwall in 2003, the couple has supported dozens of community events and groups. Mr. Hargreaves is a member of the Cornwall Kinsmen Club, Treasurer of the Chamber of Commerce and a member of Team Cornwall.

“Moving to Cornwall was the best decision we ever made,” says Mr. Hargreaves. “The cost of living is so affordable that within a few years we were able to save enough money to buy the franchise.”

The success of the Cornwall restaurant under the watchful leadership of Mr. Hargreaves has not gone unnoticed at Kelsey’s.  The Hargreaves were recently recognized at having the best increase in year to year guest counts over the entire chain of restaurants.

“I like to think our success is because we operate like a true neighbourhood pub,” says Mr. Hargreaves. “That means things like live music featuring local artists, supporting local sports teams and making sure our customers know that they’re appreciated and welcome. Our staff are fantastic and a big part of that equation.”

You can check out the new Cornwall Kelsey’s seven days a week at 960 Brookdale Avenue.

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