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Winnipeg Art Gallery, Sparrow Hotels Opening New Café

February 12, 2020 7:00 AM | Entertainment

Winnipeg Art Gallery Inuit Art Centre

The Winnipeg Art Gallery’s future Inuit Art Centre. (HANDOUT)

The Winnipeg Art Gallery is serving up a full-service café to coincide with the new Inuit Art Centre.

The WAG has partnered with Sparrow Hotels to operate the café, which will be responsible for providing food for all weddings, concerts, conferences and other special events at the gallery.

“Our new café will be one of downtown Winnipeg’s most unique, art-infused eateries,” said WAG director and CEO Stephen Borys.

“The welcoming indoor space and summer and fall patios will provide a new year-round gathering place for our community.”


While construction remains ongoing, Sparrow is focusing on enhancing the WAG’s catering services, which the company has operated since November. A similar catering arrangement exists between Sparrow and ERA Bistro, as well as the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

Diners will likely already know of fare created by Sparrow Hotels, as the company also operates food services at Inn at The Forks, SMITH restaurant, Mere Hotel and the Norwood Hotel.

The café is scheduled to open this fall on the ground level of the Inuit Art Centre, which will connect to the WAG on all levels.

A special pop-up of SMITH restaurant is being held at the WAG for Valentine’s Day. The art gallery’s next edition of FEAST, the WAG’s signature dinner-and-tour program, takes place February 14-15 from 6-9 p.m. For tickets, visit WAG.ca.