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You have a choice: Save the Grand, reader tells new owners

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To the new owners of the Grand the citizens of Lindsay ask that you please work with owner Charlie McDonald and save our iconic restaurant.

There are few things left that reminds us of our humble beginnings.

The Grand the building and the Grand the bar are two different things to most of us.

The bar-restaurant has been here for 160 years and Charlie and his staff have made it a home away from home for over 10 years.

To close a successful business and put more than 30 people out of work is unconscionable.

To do so with 30 days notice is mean-spirited, even if the law is on your side.

When COVID-19 hit and we were trying to rally around our local businesses, people lined up around the block to get food from the Grand.

I talked to staff and they joked they were busier now then before.

The town fought to keep the restaurant afloat then and we need you to help us keep it alive now. This is not just a local pizza joint to people of Lindsay.

This is where most of us had our first legal drink with our parents. It’s where we went after the Santa Clause parade for hot chocolate.

It’s where we ate amazing cheddar soup and drank the Virgin Grand Caesar with high school friends to feel grown up.

If you have lived in this town long enough there are hundreds of memories that include the Grand. No one wants this to happen and we need you to reconsider.

You have a choice — sit down with Charlie and figure this out.

The citizens of Lindsay need this place and as a new business owner you are going to need us.

–Kimberly McMillan


  1. the Grand is part of Lindsays history and as such should be declared an Historical building. Raise the money and buy it back , but right now have it protected by the heritage foundation.

  2. I’ll say that the construction on Kent has caused undue grief for every business but especially Ziggy’s Fish n Chips.Today being Friday ( Fish Day ) I was pissed to see the equipment, a trailer, and a diesel compressor running full pop at 6:00 pm interfering with the established business.
    Will the Town reps ( Mayor ) not stand up for these entrepreneurs as there are all kinds of places to put these pieces of equipment.
    This is another show how the FAT CATS in the town office are abusing the position they hold.

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