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October 2006 - Nr. 10


The Editor
Letter to the Editor
The Trakehner Horse
Minczuk & Kuusisto at TSO
Dresden's Frauenkirche
Mozart Opera Cancelled
German Impressionists
Golden Madonna
"Der Brückenbauer"
The Permanent Wave
Putin visits Dresden
Double Negative
KW & Beyond
Opera York's 10th Season
Two Outstanding Films
A Soiree To Remember
Opera On Film
Go To The Marché
Dick reports...
Sybille reports
Ham Se det jehört?
Baden-Wuerttemberg meets Ontario
Planet in Focus
Romancing the Rhine

Let’s march to the Marché

Jörg Reichert, the smile of success  "This is now our own", says Jörg Reichert, a Chef by profession. He and his wife Marianne are proud of their recent accomplishment. But this is not the first of their many successful endeavours. In 1982 the couple were hired to bring the floundering Mövenpick Restaurant on York Street in Toronto, back from the brink of financial disaster, something they managed to do with dedication, aplomb, self-confidence, professional insight and experience, plus a lot of hard work. It evolved into the Toronto based, publicly traded Richtree Markets Inc. in 1996.

While Jörg Reichert was toiling in the background to keep everything moving smoothly, Marianne was very visible in the restaurant, talking to the guests and making sure they felt welcome and were satisfied with the service – with one eye – and with the other she quietly supervised the behaviour and efficiency of the staff. This was obviously a very valuable contribution to the success of the restaurant and the wellbeing of its patrons, who frequently became ‘regulars’.

Another Mövenpick was opened in Yorkville that was not only frequented by yuppie types but also found favour with other groups of more demanding culinary connoisseurs.

The Reichert’s were also responsible for the Marché – the often-imitated European market-style - concept. Witness the restaurant opposite the CN Tower on Front Street that featured gastronomic proficiency and great ambiance and the Marché sections, copied in 25 operations in large urban centres in Canada and the US, under the Richtree Marketing umbrella.

Richtree, Mövenpick and the Reicherts parted company in 2004. That prompted them to look for another opportunity and another challenge.

They found it when Jörg noticed the large 14.000 square-foot – two-story - log house, just east of the 400 highway at the Innisfil Beach Road exit, at the gateway to the Muskoka region and about 80 km north of Toronto.

The target market is the thousands of travellers that frequent this route to get to the cottage or to go skiing.

You see what you orderThis new project bears some striking similarities to his former Mövenpick Marchés in Toronto. Guests pick what they want to eat from the various specialty stations where the meal is prepared in front of them – from sushi to pasta. If they are in a rush, the meal will be packed up for them and off they go, back on the highway.

A staff of about 100 – mostly well-trained local help - will make sure that the visitors are satisfied and pleased.

The "open" conceptThis landmark log home has been changed into a 300-seat market restaurant with a 2,500 sq.ft. retail shop that offers everything from gifts and magazines to European chocolate, ham, breads and cheeses.

A 180 seat patio and balcony seats are also available, weather permitting.

Pasta anyone?The food, of course, will be local, but the gleaming, custom-made fixtures and furniture have been imported from Spain, Switzerland, France, Holland and Germany for this breathtaking establishment. Total cost? About 6 million Dollars!

Planning aheadBut many changes are still planned for the future; the Reicherts are not sitting still. They are still planning a petting zoo, outside playgrounds – they already own the largest sandbox – beer garden and picnic drive-thru, a drive up banking machine and a gas station. So if you are anywhere near the area I can only recommend you drop in. If you see Jörg or Marianne tell them I send you and that you read about them in this paper.

The restaurant is only minutes away from the Georgian Downs racetrack and the 400 Flea Market – another potential source of discriminating guests, that would also enjoy the fully licensed bar. And as the variety of food is concerned – if you can think of it, you are most likely to get it at the Marché. Bon Appetite!



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