Running B&J’s Restaurant has never been a mere hobby for Bill and Joann Woods. Right from the beginning, they wanted this place to be the sort of business that could reliably support their family. And it has been. Ever since they built the place in 1986, it’s been a mainstay of the charming, small-town lifestyle enjoyed in Gore Bay on Manitoulin Island. This place isn’t just a restaurant, either. From day one, the building was intended to produce multiple sources of income. These take the form of two modern, well-maintained rental apartments upstairs, and a large, full basement with its own street entrance, offering a great spot for another business to set up shop. Rental fees generated from the upstairs apartments cover any mortgage, and smooth the natural undulations of a tourist economy like Manitoulin’s.
As for location, B&J’s is on Gore Bay’s main street, across from the bank and a few minutes walk from the Gore Bay Marina, one of the most popular and best maintained harbour facilities of its kind in the world. B&J’s is an all time favourite of many seasonal boaters, who often stroll uptown for lunch or dinner, before heading back to their crafts, laden with B&J’s signature baked goods.
If you’re in the restaurant business and looking for a new adventure, you’d be hard pressed to find a deal that’s more turn-key than this one. The 1280 square-foot dining room and 936 square foot covered patio can seat a combines 84 people, approved by the LCBO to serve alcohol. The deal also includes the 400 square kitchen and all the high-quality, commerical-grade cooking equipment that a restauranteur could hope for. For a complete list of the equipment and lots of other details, check out the B&J’s technical specs page.
After more than 30 years of making a life together through B&J's, Bill and Joann are ready to slow down, enjoy their grandchildren, and help the right sort of new owners take over their life's work. It's certainly easy to find busier restaurant opportunities for those who enjoy the pace and feel of a city. But for those who are looking for the chance to be part of a different story, running the sort of small-town eatery where almost everyone who comes in is a friend or soon to be, B&J's Restaurant in Gore Bay might just be for you. Give Bill and Joann a call sometime and see.