High St. Cafe will showcase its favorites during its new look on Monday


When High St. Cafe reopens on Monday, the business model isn’t the only thing that will be different. There will be new hours – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and closed on Sundays and all public holidays – and there will be a greater emphasis on selling vintage and collectible items which will encompass a most of the store (and online). Phil Wong said collecting vintage items has always been a passion, and being able to gift them to others, he said: “It’s fun. These are memories.

Additionally, all food will be take-out, although there will be an area where people can relax to enjoy a cup of coffee or a cup of soup, he said.

These changes will allow the Wongs to focus more on the restaurant business and their family. Phil Wong said the restaurant business “kept this place alive” during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

When people go inside on Monday, Alena Wong said it “would be completely different.” Monday will also be the start of Very Berry Mondays restaurant, where she said they will only offer the famous Chicken Berry Salad on Mondays, where it is prepared grilled or blackened.

Kyle Jones wanted to stop for lunch at the High St. Cafe on Friday, but was disappointed that he and a customer had to go elsewhere. He said he was fine with the change in business model, even though he liked to eat out.

“I’m going to miss that aspect, but I’m still going to order takeout,” he said. “It’s good food. It’s always good food. It’s always a good atmosphere. »

While the menu is pared down, it will feature staples the community loves, like Chicken and Berry Salad (only available Mondays at the store), various soups, and Phil’s award-winning chili.

The Wongs have owned and operated the High St. Cafe since it opened in June 2015 in downtown Hamilton, and it has become a staple restaurant for the city. They bought the building at 250 High St. in July 2014 and 11 months later opened the cafe.

“I was here every day busting my ass,” Wong said during the renovation. “I had this place emptied, renovated, fitted out and opened the business in 11 months. And this building sat vacant for nine years.


Among the changes at the High St. Cafe are the hours. From Monday, the new hours will be:

11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday

Closed on Sundays and holidays


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