By popular vote: dessert menu settled and name chosen for ‘Victoria Street Café’ in Chesterville

Amanda Burger, with supportive husband Patrick, at the March 23 preview and voting event for her new café inside the McCloskey Hotel. In front of the couple are ballots from visitors who tasted and voted for proposed dessert menu confections. The inset photos show a couple of the selected treats to be available at the Victoria Street Café. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

CHESTERVILLE — Chesterville’s newest establishment opens for business April 6 in the dining room at the McCloskey Hotel.

It’s been christened the Victoria Street Café, following a vote of visitors who took part in a preview taster event that also settled the dessert menu by popular choice.

Nearly two dozen people tasted and voted for their favourite six of nine sweet treats being proposed by café operator Amanda Burger. However, sixth spot turned out to be a tie, and Burger says she will offer seven items for dessert as a result. Patrons will be able to choose from Café Crack, Meringue Chantilly (with vegan-and-gluten-and-lactose-free raspberry compote), brownies (vegan and lactose-free), banana bread, maple almond cake with whipped coconut cream, a confection called sha-ron-ron-ron, along with individual cheese cakes featuring Blueberry Compote.

“It’s not just coffee and desserts. We will have ‘small’ hot meals, like two sandwiches, a German-style pizza, a bowl of mashed potatoes with gravy and a pasta. And that will be for lunch and dinner,” says Burger.

McCloskey Hotel manager Dan Riitano will prepare the cooked and baked goods, she says, describing the arrangement as a partnership.

“We’ve decided together what everything will be, we’ve tested things together. But the business relationship is that I rent the space, I run the café, but I buy the food from Dan.”

The duo have worked together on a number of special events, most recently a Writing in 150 competition at the venue last weekend. Burger often brands her activities under charity-focused group that she founded, A Bunch of People.

The café will naturally offer a selection of caffeinated brews, with the requisite chalkboard set to indicate cappuccino, lattés and regular coffee.

Located at 22 Victoria Street, the place will operate three days a week — Saturday, Sunday and Monday — 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Adding to the positive vibe, local First Nations artist David Fadden from Cornwall Island will have a vernissage of his stunning paintings on the first day of business at the Victoria Street Café.

Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

Individual Cheese Cake made the cut in today’s voting. Look for it when the café opens April 6. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

Meringue Chantilly was also selected by voters/tasters at the venue today. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

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