The Birchwood plants some roots downtown

Dec 3, 2019

Carson Killham and Gina Scandrett.

Not unlike its namesake, the newest downtown eatery in Cornwall promises to be young, strong and full of life.

The Birchwood Café has opened its doors at 109 Pitt Street, with wall-to-wall fresh artisan sandwiches, salads, quiche and soup.

And the desserts…oh, the desserts.

Gina Scandrett and Carson Killham picked the name of the café while strolling through the woods months ago when they were still contemplating a move to the Seaway City from Calgary, Alberta.

“We had the idea of opening a restaurant, and this was still when we lived in Calgary,” said Killham. “We were just walking through the woods one day and we’re like ‘Cedar? No, that doesn’t work. Poplar? Nope.’ But we loved birch. It’s strong, it’s vibrant and it pops up all over.”

No kidding. In the short time that it has been open the response from hungry patrons and neighbours in downtown Cornwall has been universally positive.

“So far it has been well-received and great for us,” said Killham. “We moved here for family reasons three months ago, and this opportunity arose.

“Our neighbours…are welcoming and kind and supportive. People have been really good to us.”

The menu at The Birchwood Café, which focuses on the lunch crowd, will alternate daily, but is made up of sandwiches like smoked meat and coleslaw, chicken breast with brie and cranberries, as well as a three-cheese grilled cheese sandwich.

Quiches and soups are served along with fresh salads. And if you’re looking to bring home supper, frozen lasagnas, shepherd’s pie and others favourites can be found in their freezer.

The Birchwood is open Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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