ReRun’s featuring Hari’s Famous Spring Rolls was open less than 24 hours and the lineup was almost out the door.
“People are coming in for spring rolls and leaving with poutine and burgers as well,” said owner Hari Srinivasan, smiling from ear to ear.
He could barely find time for a quick interview while training his new counter staff and ensuring the open kitchen ran smoothly.
Making Filipino spring rolls is in Srinivasan’s blood. He grew up making them with his mother Larraine Srinivasan, who sold them for years at the Sarnia Farmers’ Market.
“I used to wake up at 3 a.m. when I was a kid and start making spring rolls,” said Hari.
His mom later operated a café at the market, and though the menu expanded spring rolls remained her specialty.
Her son has wanted to operate his own restaurant for years and finally made it happen Nov. 3.
ReRun’s featuring Hari’s Famous Spring Rolls is located at 308 Wellington St., across from SCITS high school.
He has seating for 22 and has created six jobs, including the hiring of chef Ryan Schiestel.
“I developed the menu and Ryan tweaked it,” said Srinivasan. “He’s the one who keeps it all together.”
Srinivasan’s wife, Jen, is his business partner and does the bookkeeping.
Spring rolls at ReRun’s sell for $1.50. The original recipe featuring chicken, pork and vegetable will be familiar to long-time market-goers.
Srinivasan’s menu also has mac ‘n cheese spring rolls, pizza, fiesta beef and garlic mashed potato varieties.
For a quarter more, curry shrimp, pulled pork or Philly cheesesteak spring rolls are available.
They can be purchased by the dozen for $15 to $17 or in party packs of 24 to 60.
ReRun’s “dressed-up” burgers, such as the Reuben burger or the Big Hawaiian, are $6. Hot dogs, like the Nacho Average Dog and the Chili Dog, sell for $5, while a traditional Old Dog with No Tricks is $3.50.
Though the restaurant just opened, Srinivasan said it appears poutine will be a big seller, with varieties like butter chicken or pulled pork poutine costing $6.
ReRun’s featuring Hari’s Famous Spring Rolls is open Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Delivery is available.
COLLEGE PRES AT FAMOUS FIVE
The Enbridge speaker series in Sarnia/Lambton will feature Lambton College President Judith Morris on Thursday, Nov. 20.
Vicky Ducharme will MC the luncheon at the Holiday Inn starting at 11:30 a.m.
The series is designed to inspire Canadian women and girls to lead change in the spirit of the Famous Five, who pursued the “Persons Case” at the Supreme Court of Canada and gained considerable ground for the women’s movement in the 1920s.
Tickets are $40. Register at www.famous5.ca and select Sarnia Lambton.
SHIFTWORK, SLEEP AND STAYING HEALTHY
Employees and employers are invited to a free workshop Nov. 17 to discuss the quality of employee health, productivity and safety in the shift work environment.
Nora Maher, occupational hygienist with Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW) will facilitate.
Sarnia Lambton’s Workplace Wellness committee is hosting at the Lambton College events centre from 7:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Advance registration is required on Eventbrite (www.shiftwork.eventbrite.ca) by Nov. 14.
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