Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Wagon Wheel Memories, Part 2
The Wagon Wheel Lunch first opened for business in 1951. After 61 years of operation, it closed its doors forever last week. The old building where the restaurant rents space has been sold and will shortly be torn down so a developer can build a $75 million hotel, office, residential and parkade complex. And so, just like that, another little piece of Winnipeg's soul is gone . . . .
The Wagon Wheel's unique charm really shines in this Winnipeg Free Press video report about the closure:
Despite the hopeful wishes expressed in the video, the Wagon Wheel cannot afford to relocate to a new spot. It will not reopen, its owner says.
Farewell, little hole-in-the-wall diner -- Winnipeg will miss you!
[Photo by Ruth Bonneville, Winnipeg Free Press]