Restaurant patio a Chipmunk 401

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Simply Delicious bistro’s patio has become an urban oasis where diners and nature mingle

The Peterborough Examiner

30 August 2018

by Jessica Nyznik Examiner Staff Writer

A downtown eatery with an urban oasis is quietly growing in popularity – and not just among those on two legs.

“It’s a natural refuge for both animals and people to co-habitat and enjoy each other,” said Mark Buckley.

The new owner of Simply Delicious transformed the restaurant’s underutilized patio into a “chipmunk 401” with tables for dining to boot.

Buckley, 56, took over the Charlotte St. business in May.

After retiring from a 30-year career in education, Buckley returned to his hometown to pursue a post-retirement endeavour.

He purchased Simply Delicious from Barb Collins and partner, who’d originally started the business in the hospital’s Heart Health clinic.

About three years ago, the duo moved the establishment downtown into Rivulet Court (the former post office building), taking over the former space of Stickling’s Bakery.

They brought their concept of heart-healthy eating with them, serving fresh, healthy food.

Buckley has been building on that idea, adding a deli for personalized sandwiches and salads, for example. He shops for fresh produce every day, sourcing as much as he can locally.

Simply Delicious also has all-day breakfast, freshly baked goods and coffee.

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The garden patio of Simply Delicious restaurant is an urban oasis for patrons including friendly chipmunks and birds on Thursday August 30, 2018 on Charlotte St. in Peterborough, Ont. – Clifford Skarstedt,Examiner

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The garden patio of Simply Delicious restaurant is an urban oasis for patrons including friendly chipmunks and birds on Thursday August 30, 2018 on Charlotte St. in Peterborough, Ont. – Clifford Skarstedt,Examiner

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The garden patio of Simply Delicious restaurant is an urban oasis for patrons including friendly chipmunks and birds on Thursday August 30, 2018 on Charlotte St. in Peterborough, Ont. – Clifford Skarstedt,Examiner

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The garden patio of Simply Delicious restaurant is an urban oasis for patrons including friendly chipmunks and birds on Thursday August 30, 2018 on Charlotte St. in Peterborough, Ont. – Clifford Skarstedt,Examiner

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The garden patio of Simply Delicious restaurant is an urban oasis for patrons including friendly chipmunks and birds on Thursday August 30, 2018 on Charlotte St. in Peterborough, Ont. – Clifford Skarstedt,Examiner

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The garden patio of Simply Delicious restaurant is an urban oasis for patrons including friendly chipmunks and birds on Thursday August 30, 2018 on Charlotte St. in Peterborough, Ont. – Clifford Skarstedt,Examiner

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The garden patio of Simply Delicious restaurant is an urban oasis for patrons including friendly chipmunks and birds on Thursday August 30, 2018 on Charlotte St. in Peterborough, Ont. – Clifford Skarstedt,Examiner

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The garden patio of Simply Delicious restaurant is an urban oasis for patrons including friendly chipmunks and birds on Thursday August 30, 2018 on Charlotte St. in Peterborough, Ont. – Clifford Skarstedt,Examiner

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The garden patio of Simply Delicious restaurant is an urban oasis for patrons including friendly chipmunks and birds on Thursday August 30, 2018 on Charlotte St. in Peterborough, Ont. – Clifford Skarstedt,Examiner

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The garden patio of Simply Delicious restaurant is an urban oasis for patrons including friendly chipmunks and birds on Thursday August 30, 2018 on Charlotte St. in Peterborough, Ont. – Clifford Skarstedt,Examiner

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The garden patio of Simply Delicious restaurant on Charlotte St. is an urban oasis for patrons including friendly chipmunks and birds. – Clifford Skarstedt , Examiner

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The garden patio of Simply Delicious restaurant is an urban oasis for patrons including friendly chipmunks and birds on Thursday August 30, 2018 on Charlotte St. in Peterborough, Ont. – Clifford Skarstedt,Examiner

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The garden patio of Simply Delicious restaurant is an urban oasis for patrons including friendly chipmunks and birds on Thursday August 30, 2018 on Charlotte St. in Peterborough, Ont. – Clifford Skarstedt,Examiner

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The garden patio of Simply Delicious restaurant is an urban oasis for patrons including friendly chipmunks and birds on Thursday August 30, 2018 on Charlotte St. in Peterborough, Ont. – Clifford Skarstedt,Examiner

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The garden patio of Simply Delicious restaurant on Charlotte Street is an urban oasis for patrons including friendly chipmunks and birds. – Clifford Skarstedt , Examiner

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One Response to Restaurant patio a Chipmunk 401

  1. Anonymous says:

    I notice the waiters become customers in some of those photos, with the same plate of food.

    Chipmunks? I get a sense of foreboding.

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