StoosNews Spotlight: Check Out The Business Beat This Week Featuring Sweet Beast Butcher Shop, Fusion Bowl & More!

PTBOCanada is delighted to to be running StooNews columns each week here, spotlighting new businesses and startups in Peterborough and the Kawarthas. Here is this week’s edition…

Grant Slavin recently opened his own butcher shop in East City. Called Sweet Beast Butcher Shop (95 Hunter St. E.), Grant specializes in local, ethical and traditionally raised beef, pork and chicken from Southern Ontario and the Kawarthas, pasture-raised with no antibiotics, growth hormones or steroids, as well as fresh seafood. Open Tuesday through Sunday, visit for more info.

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The owners of the award winning Imperial Tandoor Restaurant on Lansdowne Street recently opened a new restaurant in Downtown Peterborough. Called Fusion Bowl (376 George St. N.), owners Nitin Grover and Manish Choundry offer a counter-service concept with noodle or rice bowls topped with a fantastic selection of mains from Indian, Chinese and Mexican cuisine, as well as salads, quesadilla’s, tacos and more. Everything is fast and delicious. Located in the former Natas Cafe location on George Street in Peterborough, stop in or visit their Facebook page for more info.

Fusion Bowl in downtown Peterborough

Fusion Bowl in downtown Peterborough

Dan Brandsma was recently introduced as the new co-owner of the Silver Bean Cafe. The now iconic Silver Bean was started by Michael and Andrea VanDerHerberg in 2003 and has built a loyal following for both its setting on the Otonabee River, the food, and the friendly staff. Andrea decided that it was time to move on and Dan Brandsma stepped in to join Michael as the new co-owner. Expect the same great food and atmosphere, and think about renting the event space next door for your next event.

Silver Bean Cafe

Silver Bean Cafe

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Silver Bean Cafe Opens For 2018 Season On May 1st

The Silver Bean Cafe—Peterborough's beautiful waterfront cottage in the city, located on the banks of the Otonabee River—has posted some welcome news to their Facebook page that brings hope of Spring. 

They are opening for the season on May 1st! 

More details in their Facebook post below...

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A Deer Made Several Tourist Stops In Downtown Peterborough Today

The Silver Bean Cafe on the Otonabee River often does a Customer Of The Day on their board, and Friday's might be an animal: a deer.

Yes, a deer made a jaunt near the cafe in Millennium Park in downtown Peterborough on Friday morning (May 26th)—right near the MNR building, appropriately enough—and Bean staff member Sam Milliken witnessed it, along with owner Andrea VanDerHerberg and her kids.

"William, Grace, Andrea and I were sneaking up on rabbits nibbling by the train tracks, when all of a sudden we saw a deer running toward us at full speed down the tracks," Milliken tells PTBOCanada. "It crossed through some gardens, ran along the river line until it hopped the fence by the cafe, and I guess having nowhere else to go, it jumped into the river and swam to the nearest island!"

They were all too excited in the moment to get photos of the deer, but did capture this pic below of it swimming to the island (the little dot in the pic is the deer) that they posted to their Facebook page...

So Oh Deer, what a Friday it was at The Bean.

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8 Great Things You Should Know About The Silver Bean Café This Season

The locally owned and operated Silver Bean Café, your waterfront cottage in the city, is opening soon for the season. Below are 8 exciting things you should know about the Bean this season...

Photo via Silver Bean Café Facebook page

Photo via Silver Bean Café Facebook page

1. Opening Day is Sunday, April 30th this year at 8 am! 

2. They have 10 more tables and 40 more chairs this season, bringing their patio seat total to about 125 to 130.

3. They have added a milkshake machine—yummy!—because people have often asked for them.

Photo via Silver Bean Café Facebook page

Photo via Silver Bean Café Facebook page

4. They have added a second cash register on the inside to have a lunch line and an express line, allowing people to make quicker purchases even during the peak lunch times.

5. They have expanded their ice cream section and bought a third freezer, bringing their flavour total to more than 30 ice cream flavours.

6. They also installed a second walk-up window so you're not all hanging out the same window.

7. They have changed the layout inside to make the flow work a bit better.

8. 90% of their awesome, friendly staff is returning.


OK, then, we're ready for the PTBO by the river, eh...

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Opening Day At Silver Bean Cafe Is May 1st

It's a homerun and grand slam! Opening Day at Silver Bean is Friday, May 1st!!

From 10 am to 11 am on Opening Day, there is also a special YWCA BEAN UP tweet-up at Silver Bean in support of the YWCA. The event will feature speaker Lynn Zimmer, Executive Director of the YWCA, talking about the important role the organization plays in our community.

Artist Brianna Gosselin will also be live-painting with the finished piece to be won by one of the monthly donors to YWCA who sign up that day.

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The Silver Bean Cafe Is Expanding


The Silver Bean is making good use of both their "off season" and land resources by combining both buildings as they undergo some renovations.

The breezeway is no more, and the kitchen will be expanded. After work is complete, there will be an additional 128 square feet.

Here are some of the other plans they have in store for 2014:

  • Showing every game of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil (between June 12 and July 13)
  • A weekly board games night 
  • A dedicated Scrabble afternoon (likely Tuesday afternoons)
  • A chess night (likely Monday evenings)
  • More outdoor concerts
  • More #BeanUp (tweetup) social gatherings
  • Gatherings of people in specific professions (cycling, graphic designers, writers, ukulele players, etc)
  • Peterborough Chamber of Commerce Summer Social

The Silver Bean Cafe will reopen on May 1st, 2014. The countdown is on!

[Contributed by PtboCanada's Evan Holt]

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DBIA Featured Post: Silver Bean Café

Located in Millennium Park along the Otonabee River just off the intersection of King and Water in downtown Peterborough, the Silver Bean Café (100 King St.) is known as “Your waterfront cottage in the city”. Owned and operated by Andrea and Michael Vanderherberg (parents of 1 1/2 yr old son William, pictured below being held by Andrea), and along with 10 staff, the Silver Bean has become a sort of community hub and gathering spot for locals to sit back and enjoy great fare and company along the river.

Purchased in 2003 by Andrea, the café has recently acquired a 10-year contract with the City of Peterborough at their location. By doing this long-term lease, it has encouraged them to upgrade and expand their products—most recently, they put in an ice-cream parlour based on a survey they put out last season asking their customers what they wanted.

They offer a wide variety of quality food, which is locally sourced as much as possible, from simple sandwiches and salads to great espressos and other drinks—all of which can be viewed on their website.

They gladly host baby showers, birthday parties, weddings and theatrical events, and are open for business during Ribfest and the Purple Onion Festival. They aim to please and to make customer's experiences memorable. The Silver Bean Café opens for the season on May 1st, so head on down to discover this secluded gem in the heart of downtown Peterborough.

For more on The Silver Bean Café (100 King St.), go to:

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Phone: 705.749.0535

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By Aaron Elliott

Take A Stop By The "Cottage By The Lake" This Long Weekend

The Silver Bean Café was nearly lined out the door on Saturday afternoon as everyone needed a bite for lunch or a yummy drink to keep them cool. It's simply the place to be this long weekend, including Victoria Day Monday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.!


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Silver Bean Café Celebrates The Beginning Of Their 10th Season

The Silver Bean Café opened yesterday, kicking off their 10th season.  

It was a bustlin' place on Day One, to be with many local folks who had been counting down the days until opening day.

The weather seems promising for the next few days to spend enjoying a latté at the "cottage"!

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The Silver Bean Café Opens Today

This very spot will look very different today when the Silver Bean Café will open for the season. Their hours will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends until June—and then they will extend their hours heading into the summer. Be sure to stop in and enjoy a drink made with their brand new espresso machine! And watch for outdoor ping pong there on the way.

[Contributed by PtboCanada's Julie Morris]

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