The city’s closure of Kildonan Park last week, as a result of falling branches, was the last straw for Prairie’s Edge.
The restaurant announced Tuesday it has been forced to temporarily close.
“Unfortunately for us and our guests, the city has decided to close Kildonan Park due to a supposed risk of falling tree branches,” says Doug Stephen, president of WOW Hospitality.
“However, it’s clearly not the hazard that the city is making it out to be.”
The city closed Kildonan Park, Crescent Park and St. Vital Park on October 18 after an early winter storm broke branches and toppled trees across the city a week earlier.
Despite the closure, Stephen says Prairie’s Edge will be operating a limited menu pop-up on the Esplanade Riel bridge in St. Boniface.
“We saw this as an opportunity to give another Winnipeg area a taste of the wonderful dishes from Prairie’s Edge,” says Stephen.
“We’re going to make the most of a challenging situation. We might call one of our new cocktails the Bough Breaker or the Broken Oak.”
Guests can sample the menu in Mon Ami Louis (another WOW Hospitality restaurant) from October 23-25, October 27 and October 30 to November 3. Pop-up hours will be from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Further dates may be announced if Kildonan Park remains closed.