The café formerly know as The Toad’s Hole has new owners and a new name. Now named the Fire Pit Grill, two well-known locals in the restaurant and bar industry, Josh Tage and Stuart Cope, have taken their friendship to another level and become business partners.
“The timing was right with summer coming on. We both were in a spot where we were looking for something more than what we were doing with work. We have both been in the industry working for different people in town for years and wanted to try our hand on our own,” Tage said.
The space itself was part of the appeal for the new owners.
“It is a little oasis in the middle of downtown. It is an outdoor patio but it is not right out on the street. There is a covered area and an indoor section and a liquor licence, but minors are welcomed as well. This all adds up to something to keep people coming back to town,” Tage said.
Cope described the grill as a quaint place where people can come to take a break and have a great meal.
“I think fresh, high-quality food is the most important thing. We have had very good reviews so far and we care about what we are serving. We are passionate about using a quality product and are using as much local food as possible,” Tage said.
What both men want to know is that people are going home with a smile on their face after coming by the grill.
Taking on the responsibility of the grill and becoming their own bosses has also been a great experience for the friends.
“It is nice. It is a different feeling unlocking the door in the morning when you know it is your place. It gives you the sense that you want everything to be perfect,” Tage said. Once the deal was done for the restaurant the pair completed a full renovation of the café that included all of the food service areas. “Everything is brand new from the counter tops to the flooring. It is as clean as it possibly can be and is brand new.”
As time goes on the pair plans to host some live music at the grill during the summer months and will be expanding the menu over time.