Award-winning Blyth chef to open Part II Bistro location in Goderich - Nov. 2, 2017
BY SHAWN LOUGHLIN
Award-winning Blyth chef Peter Gusso is expanding his food empire into Goderich with the purchase of The Bistro on The Square in Huron County’s biggest town.
Gusso and his wife Sarah officially take possession of the space on Nov. 13. They then plan to close the restaurant for two or three weeks in order to make some minor renovations to both the dining room and the kitchen ahead of opening in late November or early December.
In an interview with The Citizen, Gusso said he had had his eye on expanding to Goderich for a while, but the possibility became realistic earlier this year and negotiations and planning continued throughout the busiest summer in Part II Bistro’s history.
To preserve Gusso’s brand, the new Goderich restaurant will also be called Part II Bistro. It will be a similar restaurant to the award-winning Blyth location, but with a new menu and a patio in the summer.
Not only did Gusso feel the time was right to expand his brand into Goderich, but he now feels he has the right team in place to ensure quality at both locations.
All summer, Gusso said, sous chef Wyatt Ducharme has been doing the lion’s share of the cooking in Blyth in order to prepare for the potential move. With the restaurant’s busiest summer ever now in the books, Gusso says it’s clear that the Blyth location is in good hands.
Gusso plans on doing the majority of the cooking in Goderich, at least for the forseeable future, while many familiar faces will remain at Part II Bistro in Blyth.
The process began a while ago, Gusso said, when he told The Bistro owner Sarah Telford that if she were ever looking to sell her location that he would be interested in buying. They were in contact earlier this year and the ball really began to roll in the summer.
Once Gusso and his team is ready to open the new restaurant, he says the space will be very similar in size to the Blyth location. The new Goderich Part II Bistro location will be home to 36 seats and a 12-seat patio in the warmer months. The size of the two kitchens, he said, is also very similar.
With a prime Goderich location, right on The Square and close to dozens of local businesses and in a town of over 8,000, Gusso has high hopes for his newest business venture.
Since opening in 2012, Gusso and Part II Bistro have been honoured by various organizations at various levels.
After winning a number of local food awards, Part II Bistro has been honoured at the provincial level by TripAdvisor over the past three years, being named the province’s top restaurant in 2015, besting over 28,000 other competitors, and one of Reader’s Digest’s top brunch destinations in Canada last year.
Later this month, Gusso and Exeter chef James Eddington will be heading to the Royal Winter Fair to take part in the Road to the Royal chef’s challenge.
For more information on Part II Bistro, visit part2bistro.ca.