News – Restaurant options are limited in the village of Sydenham, but they became even more limited when local diner, Ronnie’s Place, closed in 2015.
Luckily, Carolyn Teal, who was working at Martha’s Place in Verona at the time, saw the closure as an opportunity to branch out on her own.
“I spent a lot of years working in kitchens for other people and I thought maybe it was time to work for myself,” said Teal. “It seemed like a logical progression and so I started trying to buy this place in May of 2016.”
By August, Teal was the owner of the space at the corner of Wheatley and George Streets in Sydenham and while the space had been vacant for some time, Teal knew exactly what she wanted to do with it.
“I knew that it needed some updating and I actually bought all the tables and chairs before we even had possession of the space,” she explained. “I wanted to make the place more inviting and also more accommodating for groups in the area.”
To add to the space, Teal decorated the walls with historical photos of Sydenham and she added a large Harvest Table to the front corner to accommodate local meetings and larger families.
“I wanted people to feel like they could come here for more than just a meal, that it could be a useful space,” she said.
The Point Restaurant, named after the park it sits across from in Sydenham, opened its doors in September of 2016 and while Teal knew that they would be busy, she never expected the response she received.
“We actually had to close early one night in those first few weeks because we ran out of food,” she said. “The community response has been amazing and it shows that there really was a need for a restaurant like this in Sydenham.”
Aside from Subway, the Mill Street Pizzeria and the Mill Stree Café (which only opens for lunch) there aren’t many options in Sydenham and Teal is happy to fill the gap for community members and hopefully cottagers.
“We haven’t been open in the summer yet so I think the cottagers will be surprised to see us,” she said. “I’m also hoping that we can have a patio ready to go in the summer.”
In terms of food, Teal likes to call her menu ‘elevated casual’ and while she features favourites like fish and chips and liver, she also likes to include more unconventional items like BBQ brisket eggs benedict and honey dijon pork tenderloin. Teal and her staff also take great pride in their presentation.
“That is the comment we receive the most; people love our presentation and we take pride in every meal we serve,” she said.
Preparing and presenting the food is one of Teal favourite parts of owning The Point, but she admits that the business side has been harder than she expected.
“I’m not the most organized, so that has been hard, but it has been going really well,” she said. “I enjoy seeing all of the customers enjoying the space and we have been open for about four months now so we’ve worked out most of the kinks. Hopefully people are enjoying the place as much as we are.”
The Point Restaurant is located at 4415 Wheatley Street in Sydenham. For more information and hours, look for them on Facebook.