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ocal restaurant Jerry’s Food Emporium closed to the public for one week at the end of January when Meredith Heron from the Food Network’s hit TV show Restaurant Makeover renovated the restaurant that first made its home in Saskatoon 13 years ago. “With the Restaurant Makeover show in 121 countries around the world I have received a lot of offers to do work across Canada and beyond,” commented Heron from her Toronto studio. “When we first met with the owners of Jerry’s, we just fit together really well. They have an amazing team and a solid understanding of their business, so there was tremendous synergy. I saw the finished project almost immediately after spending a full day with them.”

The restaurant re-opened on February 2, with the official launch on February 10. A new children’s area and bakery are just some of the additions to Jerry’s. Professional baker Mario Fortin, who was coach of the Canadian National Bakery Team at the 2004 and 2007 Bakery World Cup in Paris and member of the jury in 2008, was the consultant for Jerry’s new bakery. Made fresh daily, baked goods include scones and cinnamon buns.

1997 in Saskatoon. Jerry J. Kristian, founder, developed this innovative concept with the support and mentorship of his father. With his wife, Elyse P. Cullen, joining in 2003, they have expanded the gelato and ice cream brand and launched a food manufacturing centre. Jerry’s was built to be a regular person’s place. Come as you are and enjoy comforting foods. In a world of chains, Jerry’s is proof that the local can still succeed.

The restaurant re-opened on February 2, with the official launch on February 10. A new children’s area and bakery are just some of the additions to Jerry’s. “Markets have changed over the last 13 years,” said Jerry J. Kristian and Elyse P. Cullen, owners of Jerry’s. “They’re closer to what we are passionate about: fresher foods and products made from scratch. The artisan side is appealing to us as it allows us to create better products and to use more of the local ingredients and flare. “We see Saskatoon growing and becoming more and more the land of opportunities and people are searching for different experiences and enjoying new products. We have gone through this renovation to enhance Jerry’s menu and experience.” The great burgers, fresh battered cod and hand-cut fries can still be found on the menu, now alongside the slow cooked pulled pork on a fresh ciabatta bun and the Moroccan chicken made with Jerry’s own spice rub creation. What’s more, Jerry’s has developed a brand new product. Saskatonians know and love Jerry’s gelato and ice cream. Now customers can pick their flavour for their very own Gelatte™! The Gelatte™ is a trademark of Jerry’s Food Emporium. Jerry’s Food Emporium opened its doors February 1,

“I care not what others think of what I do, but I care very much about what I think of what I do. That is character!” – Teddy Roosevelt



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