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By Elaine Anselmi, assistant editor FREDERICTON—After Isaac’s Way Restaurant’s original home on Carleton Street in downtown Fredericton was destroyed in a fire last fall, its owners are reopening just a block away in the historic York County Courthouse building. “It’s in a great location right on the Saint John River,” said Isaac’s Way co-owner Tina LeJeune to ARN. The historic designation doesn’t hurt its appeal either as the building

rant will likely be open around mid-June. “When you walk in it feels like a large rooming house,” she said. “We will be taking some walls down to make it more of an open restaurant.” She said that the building largely dictated the layout of the dining space, and the most logical positioning was to allot the main floor as the restaurant in order to make a patio feasible, as well as ensure wheelchair accessibility. The second floor will have offices for rent and LeJeune said they are considering an addition of a mezzanine level in the high-ceilinged space. “We’re going to maintain the feel of the place, in terms of the historical feel, and we will of course have to bring in some newer things,” she said. “We came to the agreement that we’re going to mix new with old.” Some of the old Jason and Tina LeJeune pieces will come right at the new home of out of the building, said Isaac’s Way. LeJeune, such as 12 to 14 foot long doors that once was one of the first in the city to be divided rooms on the second floor built with brick, she said. The courtthat will be remodeled into tables. As house was built in the mid-1800’s well, old shelving in a records room and has been government operated is being considered for building wine for more than 150 years. The buildstorage for the new bar. ing, which was designated a historical The restaurant will have more site in 1980, sat empty for more than a space in the 10,000 square foot buildyear after the government moved out ing, 5,000 of which encompasses the in 2011. operational first floor. With a 110LeJeune, and her husband partseat indoor capacity, a seasonal patio nered with two others to purchase will put Isaac’s Way at more than 150 the building that will now house seats, said LeJeune. Isaac’s Way. Although the owners had hoped to open in late May, the restauContinued on page 3

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Atlantic Restaurant News - April 2013  
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