ChooseCornwall.ca – The food offerings just got sweeter in Downtown Cornwall with the arrival of Simply Jennifer, a locally-owned café offering freshly made breakfast and lunch, meals-to-go, catering, and evening events.
After opening the business in 2016 at the Leduc’s Shopping Centre near Eleventh and McConnell, co-owners and operators Jennifer and Patrick Desnoyers recently decided to move their business to 110 Pitt Street.
“It was the right time for us to make the move,” says Ms. Desnoyers. “We were at the end of our lease and exploring different options for how to grow our business. I really wanted to get back into the downtown, so when this space became available we knew it was meant for us.”
The new location will continue to feature Simple Jennifer’s signature style of wholesome plant-based food, while also expanding to offer vegetarian options like local cheeses and eggs. The Desnoyers also host weekly cooking classes and bi-weekly boardgaming events during evening hours, two offerings they intend to continue at the new location.
“Our old space was great for establishing the business and customer base, but we felt very limited,” explains Ms. Desnoyers. “Patrick and I are really looking forward to expanding everything we’ve already been doing now that we’re in a much larger space.”
The Desnoyers note that the initial response to the new location has been very positive and encouraging.
“Our move happened really fast but the community has been overwhelmingly supportive during the transition,” notes Ms. Desnoyers. “I think Cornwall’s food scene has evolved a lot over the past few years so that now we see a lot more residents interested in alternative foods and open for trying new things.”
“Tourists and visitors are also making a point to find us,” said Mr. Desnoyers. “We had a lot of customers over the summer who were visiting the area from the US or travelling along Highway 401 between Toronto and Montreal, and they couldn’t believe a café like us existed in Cornwall.”
“At the end of the day, people are looking for options and we will be here to offer some tasty alternatives to the downtown.”
About Simply Jennifer
Simply Jennifer is located at 110 Pitt Street and is open Monday to Wednesday from 9am-3pm; Thursday and Friday from 9am-5pm; Saturday 11am-1pm. Boardgame night is on alternating Fridays from 9am – 9pm.