Behind the Scene: BRELU Food Market
You may have noticed the recent changes occurring on the corner of West and Grey Streets. Join us in welcoming Brantford’s newest restaurant, Brelu; opening to the public on Tuesday, March 22nd. Owners Mike and Julie have worked in the restaurant industry since they were only kids. Mike started working in local kitchens when he was 15, quickly picking up tips and tricks he would use later in life. Graduating fromLiaison College in 2001, he continued to work abroad before deciding it was time to have a go at it for himself. Julie’s story is very similar, starting work as a server when she was 14, she gained both front and back end restaurant experience. Graduating from Fanshawe College in 2009, she took her apprenticeship at a golf course kitchen. Learning casual and fine dining, as well as gaining experience with weddings, birthdays and corporate events.
“Breakfast and lunch tend to be the more trendy meals to go out for.”
– Chef Mike
Brelu, a combination of breakfast and lunch, came about in a conversation between Julie and Mike. Fed up working for others and feeling confident in their own talents, they decided to take advantage of an empty building which already had an established clientele and high visibility with passing traffic. Brelu will be offering affordable breakfast and lunch features; prepared with local and imported ingredients, prepared in view of patrons, in an open kitchen, and served with meticulous presentation. Offering gluten-free, vegetarian, and standard fare; everything will be made in-house, with the promise that the menu will change frequently. With plans to incorporate live entertainment and special events regularly, the ambience of the restaurant is built upon a blend of Mike and Julie’s own personal lives, intertwined with quality food.
“Brantford just needs more good places to eat, different, you know?”
– Chef Julie
The entire restaurant was redesigned inside; with seating, countertops, shelving, and tables, reconstructed by Mike and Julie, from refurbished materials. It adds a unique charm and personal touch to the restaurant. You’ll find shelves full of products for sale from local shops and artisans, adding a special and exciting combination of in-house goods and staff selected items, that will excite and tempt your senses. Opening with Mike and Julie in the kitchen, and two servers, Brelu is looking forward to preparing lunch for you, your family, and friends. Make sure to Be Seen supporting local business, and bon appétit.
Submitted by: Joshua Wall