The Rich Uncle Tavern, Kitchener, Ontario

Located in Kitchener-Waterloo, a region steeped in history, The Rich Uncle Tavern looked back to find inspiration for its name and in doing so, did not need to search very far.

In the late 1800’s, Joseph Winterhalt, a local cigar manufacturer in Kitchener, which was then known as the City of Berlin, created the “Rich Uncle” line of cigars and boasted they were “10 cents and worth it”. Thus, in honour of proud craftsmen like Mr. Winterhalt, The Rich Uncle Tavern chose to garner its namesake from the unique brand of cigar that was once manufactured and sold on the very block we now reside.

The Rich Uncle Tavern is built on hearty live-fire fare and shareable snacks that pay homage to the brasseries and taverns of yesteryear…and there were many in downtown Berlin.  Like it’s famous Kitchener Farmers Market, it was action central for this bustling, agricultural and manufacturing hub.

Benjamin Lillico is the talented Executive Chef.  He was the captain of the Niagara College Junior Culinary Olympics team that so ably represented Canada in 2016  winning multiple gold and silver medals with the team on the international stage.  Since then he’s worked at both Langdon Hall and Bauer Kitchens.

If I had the talent to open a tavern, the menus would read like his.  There’s the simplicity of an heirloom tomato tart with house-made ricotta…or a McIntosh Farms duck egg encased in pork and duck sausage for a totally non-traditional ‘Scotch egg’ that he serves with tarragon aoili and a spoonful of orange marmalade.  The wood-fired oven is king … it’s the same model used by Ryan Crawford at Niagara’s BackHouse.  There’s a massive Ontario craft beer list and the cocktails range from classic (Manhattans and Negronis) to truly inventive (Cucumber~Elderflower Gimlet).

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Contact The Rich Uncle at the number below to reserve a Food Day Canada table.

Contactez The Rich Uncle directement, au numéro ci-dessous, afin de faire votre Journée des terroirs réservation.

T: 519-208-8555

The Rich Uncle Tavern
45 King St. W.,
Kitchener, ON, N2G 1A1

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