The Peppered Bear Northern Eatery and Pub

By Betty Carpick

As the 2017 winter season rolled around, The Peppered Bear Northern Eatery and Pub opened its doors at 55 South Cumberland Street on the corner of Pearl Street. The owner, Richard Moorey—best known as Chef House—grew up in Schreiber and has lived in Thunder Bay since 1995. During that time, he’s led the culinary programs at a variety of local food establishments, and has developed Lifted Kilt barbeque sauces. With The Peppered Bear, Chef House and his team see great opportunities to develop new dining experiences in the northside’s food scene.

The Peppered Bear offers unpretentious everyday pub fare elevated with local and seasonal ingredients served in a cozy, inviting atmosphere featuring Northwestern Ontario inspired decor. From hearty classic snacks to more complex entrees, diners can enjoy burgers, fries, wings, poutine, flatbreads, sandwiches, soups, salads, and engaging offerings like Halting Hunger Chicken Pot Pie, Honey Pops Fried Chicken, Bacon Wrapped Half Rack, Four Cheese Ravioli with Shrimp, and Lifted Kilt Big 10 Ribeye. Desserts are based on the classics with a bit of Peppered Bear attitude.

The pub has a fully stocked bar with a selection of craft beers from Sleeping Giant Brewing Company, Lake of the Woods Brewing Company, and Collingwood Brewery. Chef House also likes to feature small-batch artisanal products like Loon Vodka from Rheault Distillery in Hearst, Ontario—a distinctive alpha wheat spirit that contains 0% methanol. The restaurant also partners with local producers like Wolfhead Coffee, Thunder Oak Cheese Farm, Big Lake Pasta, Slate River Dairy, and others to celebrate high-quality local ingredients.

An executive dining room, a banquet facility, an outdoor patio, catering, and a menu that changes with the season are some of the ways that Chef House hopes the Peppered Bear will gain traction with the appetites of Northwestern Ontario residents and visitors alike.

The Peppered Bear is located at 55 Cumberland Street South, call 286-3289 for details or visit them on Facebook at