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FOOD BUZZ: Fraser brothers to expand into corner store next to Fraser Café

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Beckta has one upstairs. The Welly has one downstairs. Soon Fraser Café will open its own private dining room in the convenience store next door. The idea is to be able to accommodate small groups from 20-45 people without having to shut down the restaurant. While the brothers, along with their current kitchen team, will be cooking for diners on both sides of the wall, the idea is to keep the café separate. “We wouldn’t want to affect our current business,” Ross Fraser says. “We don’t want to dilute what we have.”

Fraser Café currently shares a wall with the Maximum Convenience, which will be completely renovated and reborn as Table 40 @ Fraser Café. If all goes according to plan, the opening will take place in April. Ross Fraser says they will only need to knock down a part of the wall to connect the kitchens together, which will have the added benefit of creating more kitchen space for the bustling little restaurant that already experiences “a lot of stress on space,” according to Ross. He hopes the unique scale and cozy look of the place will suit many kinds of private functions — from small weddings and business meetings to birthday parties.