Another area restaurant closing its doors

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The restaurant at the St. Eleanors Irving in Summerside will close for good this week.


ST.ELEANORS – The St. Eleanors Irving Restaurant will serve its last meal on Friday. The family restaurant best known for its tasty and inexpensive breakfasts is closing its doors due to a decline in business.

"We are closing as the restaurant is no longer a profitable business unit," said Couche-Tard communications consultant Isabelle Fafard.

Couche-Tard is a sister company of Circle K which purchased the St. Eleanors Irving from Austin and Ramona Roberts of Kinkora in 2009.

As a past owner of the business for three years, Ramona said she understands Couche-Tard's decision to close down the restaurant.

"It's always disappointing and it will be missed certainly, but if I were in their boat I would be doing the same thing," she said. "A restaurant is a very difficult business."

Currently, the main section of the Irving is a convenience store, with a small restaurant located off the west end. Fafard said the convenience store will expand into the restaurant space "in the near future."

"It is predominantly a convenience store and it has much greater potential as a convenience store due to its size limitations. It will be a better model for them and it will still provide a valuable service," said Ramona.

The Roberts currently own The Bayview Shell in Summerside and Kinkora Esso and Big Dog Convenience.

The St. Eleanors restaurant, gas station and convenience store now operate with about 30 employees. Couche-Tard did not comment on how many jobs would be lost as a result of the restaurant closure.

"You don't want to see anyone unemployed or any loss of services, but I'm sure they will do an excellent job on restoration and it will be better for everyone in the long run," added Ramona.

The St. Eleanors Irving will stop serving meals at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 15.

This is the third restaurant in recent months to shutter its doors. The downtown Burger King went dark on Dec. 31 and First Cup closed earlier this year.



Organizations: Couche-Tard, Circle K, Bayview Esso Burger King

Geographic location: Kinkora, Austin, Summerside

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  • Rene
    April 13, 2011 - 18:01

    "the main section is a convenience store with a small restaurant located off the West end" Funny thing, when I ate there earlier this week the restaurant space was at least 4-5 times bigger than the convenience store - and that's not including the kitchen. "it will be better for everyone in the long run" Somehow I don't think it will be better for all the employees who will lose their jobs this Friday - I expect that most of the 30 employees belonged to the restaurant side of the business. I have had some wonderful meals at this restaurant over the years and the service has also been excellent. I am very sorry to see this thriving business close. There is really no good reason to stop there now.

  • chazz
    April 13, 2011 - 16:23

    This is so sad. My wife and I visit PEI from Texas almost every other year and look forward to the people and food at this Restaurant. We will miss it as will many other tourists I imagine. Thanks for all the years.

  • Jimmy
    April 13, 2011 - 12:29

    Thats Summerside for ya

  • Dalton Kirk
    April 12, 2011 - 17:05

    My wife and I ate many a delicious meal at the St. Eleanor's Irving. We especially enjoyed their fish and chips and their breakfast dishes. We will especially miss the friendly and efficient service. We really felt like the servers were cheished friends. Good luck to all. You will be missed.

    • Dianne Clow
      April 14, 2011 - 13:39

      I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our customers who are also very good friends and somehow feel like family, for their continued support and their kindness and friendship over the years. The job loss is certainly very devastating but I will miss my friends. Take care and please let's try to stay in touch.