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Ups N’ Downs goes back to Front

Ups N’ Downs, one of downtown Sarnia’s busiest restaurants and nightspots, is about to undergo a major expansion and renovation. The work will be done in stages beginning this fall, says co-owner John Mallon. “It’s an exciting time to be in this business. It’s evolving and we either have to adapt or die,” he said…. Read more »

Founding of Corunna was a capital idea

If not for those damn Yankees the Parliament buildings of Canada would have been built on Baird Street in Corunna, not some distant hill in Ottawa. The story of how Corunna nearly became the nation’s capital is not an urban myth. It really happened. In the year 1823, Lord Beresford led the first of three… Read more »

Classic boat owners seas the day

Like its creator, the ‘Would … Aye’ is a one of a kind. Crafted and assembled piece by painstaking piece over 26 years in Jeff Horley’s shed, the 38-foot sailboat was a showstopper at the Antique and Classic Boat Show at Sarnia Bay Marina last weekend. Built of African mahogany and red cedar, she features… Read more »

The journey from dishwasher to head chef

Like many chefs, Josh Gadd got his first taste of restaurant life slugging it out as a dishwasher. “I didn’t even apply for the job,” he said. Gadd was only 14 when the phone rang and chef Alastair Mackay asked him if he would be interested in washing dishes for his upscale restaurant. That’s when… Read more »

Powerboat Festival loads up

A water-filled trough the length of half a football field will appear on Front Street next month when Sarnia’s largest annual street party returns The artificial pond will provide a venue for wakeboarding demonstrations, the latest freebie at the Sarnia-Port Huron International Powerboat Festival. “It’s 180 feet long by 30 feet wide (55 metres by… Read more »

Grandma was this chef’s inspiration

You might think a guy like Justin Inkpen, the strapping 29-year-old night supervisor at Stoke’s Bay Grill and Bar, was inspired to cook by someone with a lot of testosterone, like TV’s Gordon Ramsay. But Inkpen credits his grandma. “My grandma was like a second mom to me and she was always in the kitchen,… Read more »

Florida décor fits club to a tee

Julie Wyville credits a night of carousing in Florida last Christmas for the spectacular redesign of the clubhouse restaurant at her family’s golf course. “This all sprung from that trip south,” she says, looking around the new Muddy Waters Liar’s Lounge at Greystone Golf Course. For years the clubhouse had more of a licensed snack… Read more »

Business fire on Davis Street

Sarnia firefighters battle a blaze at the rear of a business on Davis Street, between Mitton and Mackenzie on Friday, July 11. Fire and police officials arrived shortly after 7 p.m. Roads in the area were closed off and the cause of the blaze had yet to be determined. Troy Shantz, Special to The Journal

The Mack is back on Saturday

Get out the lawn chairs, grab the binoculars and pour on the sunscreen! One of the biggest local traditions of summer is here. For those who grew up in Point Edward and Sarnia, the annual Mackinac yacht race is a part of the community’s fabric. For those who witness it for the first time, it’s… Read more »