The Rushton
By YP Contributor

Bistro Fare in a Historic Building

Who'd have thought that a family-run supermarket would one day have a solid bronze chandelier hanging from its pressed tin ceilings and its butchery board recycled into a centrepiece at the entrance? That's what happened to the old Di Maria family store when Frank Pronesti took over and transformed it into The Rushton, which he has established in 2005 as a neighbourhood bistro.

"A dealer asked if he could hang the chandelier in the centre of the ceiling with the hopes of selling it to one of our customers," says Frank. "By the time it had been hanging there for two years, I had fallen in love with it. So I bought it." The large vintage butcher's board served as the hostess table until it just seemed too big for customers to wedge their way round, but the original tin ceiling covered in embossed motifs is still there.

So long as everyone leaves with a smile on their face, I’m good. - Frank Pronesti, owner

Inventive Bistro Menu

There’s a lunch and dinner menu at The Rushton, plus an impressive wine list and tasty desserts. It’s all food you recognize made with imaginative touches that give it the bistro character Frank aims for. An inventive array of salads (including The Rushton, which consists of radicchio di Treviso, endive, Roquefort cheese, port-soaked cranberries, apples, walnuts and a Champagne-poppy seed vinaigrette), fresh pasta and an eclectic selection of fish dishes offer something for everyone. In typical bistro style, there’s also a steak frites dish with meat from Alberta. “We use local ingredients as much as possible,” adds Frank.

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Neighbourhood Meeting Place

Being Italian, Frank says he grew up with a family life that revolved around food. He and his two brothers started out in the restaurant trade when they took over the pool hall that happens to be opposite The Rushton. "Eventually we turned it into a spot with an Italian wood burning pizza stove," says Frank. "I grew up surrounded by food, but didn’t know how to cook. I wasn't in the kitchen, but I watched the chefs and slowly picked it up. One day we were short a chef. I stepped in and took to it."

When the Di Maria supermarket space became free, Frank had a look around the neighbourhood and decided that it needed a relaxed bistro. "I wanted to fill a niche and thought a spot where people could meet friends would go down well in the area," he says. "We're not a sports bar, but we do have a few TVs at the bar and in the dining room which we play without volume.”

When there's a big game on, they'll expand on this and have a drop screen TV out on the patio for everyone to enjoy. “So long as everyone leaves with a smile on their face, I’m good.”

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