Fresh options abound at Wasaga’s new Potato Factory

Michael Mikhail is putting the finishing touches on the bar overlooking Potato Factory’s .

“It’s 120-year-old wood. They were about to throw it out and I said, ‘wait, you can’t do that!’” said the restaurant’s vice-president of operations.

The pieces will accent the bar at the 200-seat restaurant, which opened on June 29.

The menu features burgers, sandwiches, fish and chips, and their signature ‘appetizer wheel’ of a minimum of four items.

The restaurant can also cater to customers based on allergies and religious considerations.

Mikhail emphasized all the food is fresh.

“From prepped to dish, it’s been marinated here, blanched here, cut here, and you can taste the difference,” he said. “We know exactly what goes into our food.”

Is this the alternative to smoking? Walk or Run to Quit debuts in Barrie

It’s time to butt out and get your bottom into shape.

Barrie Running Room will introduce the 10-week Walk or Run to Quit program Aug. 20. The program runs across Canada, but this is the first time it has come to the city, Running Room area manager Barry Smith said.

The program helps participants replace smoking with a healthier activity — learning to walk or run five kilometres. Research shows becoming physically active increases the chances of quitting, since exercise helps curb cravings and withdrawal symptoms, he said.

”The program is designed to allow participants to go at their own pace,” Smith said. “Not only do they have the support of the program, they also receive support from other smokers in the group who are going through similar challenges.” 

In 2017, more than half of participants interviewed reported being non-smokers six months after completing the program. Participants also continue to run, on average, three times per week, he said.

The program is a collaboration between Running Room and the Canadian Cancer Society.

“Participants (also) get quit smoking support, including a society guidebook,” society spokesperson Karen Kuzmich said.

The program starts at 6:30 p.m. and Running Room is at . For more information, or to register, visit .