THIS BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT SHINES ON
Brought to you by this community-minded business because they recognize
that good business is good for everyone:
Café Wilgress just celebrated its first anniversary. If you haven’t stopped in yet, you’re missing out.
Don’t let the name fool you. While they’re open for pressed coffee, steeped tea, and assorted treats in the morning, Café Wilgress is a wine bar through and through.
With an ever-growing selection of Ontario and international wines to choose from – along with local Lake of Bays Brewery craft beer and spirits – you won’t lack for options to complement the restaurant’s menu of seasonal, local, delicious dishes from Chef Dave Kealey. One of the newest wine additions – Lola from Pelee Island Wineries – is an award-winning sparkling rosé that’s perfect for patio sipping, says Jaci Booth, co-owner with Rob Clarke. And there are new varietals including Aligoté, a “crisp white with peachy notes and a light hint of honey on the finish.”
Café Wilgress just launched their summer menu which, as always, includes fresh, cooked-to-order offerings that promote Muskoka farmers.
The eatery’s ever-popular charcuterie boards – a pick-your-own selection of three meats, three cheeses, and three preserves – are now constructed in the bar area so you can watch them being made while you await your patio table.
(Above from left) An Instagram post (@cafe_wilgress_1897) shows off both the wine bar’s charcuterie board and their sense of humour; mornings are for muffins and other treats (photos via Cafe Wilgress on Instagram)
If you think “stuffy” when you think wine bar, that moniker doesn’t apply here. The serving staff at Café Wilgress are friendly and helpful, and the décor is a pleasing blend of history – the building was opened in 1897 as the former law office of George S. Wilgress – and contemporary design. And the licensed patio overlooks Huntsville’s historic swing bridge and the town docks – the perfect place to while away a summer afternoon or to chat with friends into the evening twilight.
(Counter-clockwise from above left) The chalkboard next to the wine bar details the charcuterie and cheese board selections; the historic café seamlessly blends old with new; is there such a thing as too much wine?
Tuesday-Wednesday – 8am-9pm
Thursday-Saturday – 8am-10pm
Sunday – 9am-8pm
Monday – closed
Coffee and treats are served until 11am, lunch from 11am-3pm,
dinner features begin at 5pm, and tapas are served all day
Cafe Wilgress 1897
93 Main St E, Huntsville
705-784-0838 | cafewilgress.com
This story features a Doppler advertiser