Japanese bistro and second Real Wealth in Sherbrooke
Sherbrooke will soon have its first Japanese bistro and an additional bakery. Indeed, Kobo Ramen opens its doors in the old Caffuccino downtown while a second branch Real Wealth will be located in the former premises of Vélomania in the Rock Forest district.
The ‘re soups ramen noodles and sake will be featured in the new Japanese restaurant owned by longtime friends William Marier and Nicholas Hoag. “Kobo means” workshop “in Japanese and we found it interesting because we will make our homemade pasta and broth,” says Mr. Marier, who will take care of the operation while Mr. Hoag, professional volleyball player, will be more a passive shareholder until he or she retires.
The building, located at the corner of Wellington and King West Streets, is approximately 2000 square feet in size and will have approximately 50 seats. The project required an investment of $ 250,000 and will create between 10 and 12 full-time and part-time jobs.
“We already have all our staff and training began last week,” says Mr. Marier who has ten years of experience in catering in Sherbrooke and Montreal.
The idea behind the Japanese Bistro was born during a visit to Ottawa. “I had a great experience and that’s what I would like to recreate in Sherbrooke. I also went to try this type of restaurant in Montreal to see what was best, “says Marier.
West of the city, at 11 rue Léger, work is under way to open a second bakery Les Vraies Richesses in March, a project requiring an investment of $ 2.3 million, or 1 , $ 5M for the building and $ 800K for equipment.
“We have a mill that will come from France and that will allow us to make our own flour from grains produced by farms in the region. We are talking about very short circuits. In 24 hours, the grain will go to the bread on the table. We will also have a wood oven. We try to be modern by looking for the best of what was once done with the cereal, because it is still 20 000 years that man eats cereals, “says the owner, Jean-Pierre Oddo.
The bakery will have an area of 8,000 square feet including the mill, two bakeries and sixty seats. The project will create about 20 employees initially and 20 others in the medium term. Three-quarters of jobs are full-time.