Thyme: French-Themed Restaurant a Labour of Love

Story and Photos by Susan Pretty

There’s a new kid in town—and it’s thyme to check out this great new resto! Red Seal Chef Geri Little and her husband Ken are pulling out all the stops to ensure their new eatery is a hit. Located in the old Fresh Air Experience building on Victoria Avenue, and aptly named Thyme as a nod to the herb frequently used in Gallic cooking, the French-themed restaurant is a labour of love for the dynamic duo. Family members have pitched in to restore the heritage brick wall and gleaming staircase, as well as hand-crafting the stunning shadow boxes.

But the food is what has the couple all fired up. Opening at 8 am for breakfast, Thyme has perfected the fine art of the most important meal of the day. “You won’t find bacon and eggs here!” says Geri. Hungry patrons will feast upon eggs Florentine, smoked salmon and dill crepes, and of course, decadent Eggs Benedict (all reasonably priced—there’s nothing over $12). Their vision also includes a special house blend of coffee, where customers can grab a cuppa with a fine pastry to go.

mural1Not a morning person? You’ll feel like you’re in Paris when you try to choose between the Coquille St Jacques ($15) or Geri’s fave, the open-faced gooey brie and chicken sandwich ($10). Light eaters will enjoy a $5 French onion soup or a $6 Lyonnaise salad, with fresh greens, sharp shredded cheddar, and (wait for it!) a perfectly poached egg.

The pair envision Thyme being open for dinner in the future and plan to be licenced for wine and beer. The after-work crowd will be enticed by the cheese board or foie gras with crackers and fruit. You won’t find any TVs here, folks—this is not your neighbourhood sports bar. Stay tuned for take-out (Thyme to Go!”) as well as business functions in the roomy upstairs location (“Thyme’s Up!”)

Approachable French cuisine is here in Thunder Bay and some might say it’s about thyme!

Thyme Restaurant is location at 311 East Victoria Avenue.