Renovations are nearing completion at the Paris Inn, formerly known as Paris Surf, located downtown Paris. The popular pizzeria is looking forward to introducing patrons to a new atmosphere and beverage selection when the province allows restaurants and bars to re-open.
Among many others across the province, the business was forced to close on March 17th due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Rather than opting to offer a take-out only menu, the owners of this establishment chose to take advantage of the forced closure to re-invent and rebrand.
Lee Ferrao and his wife took ownership of the business about a year and half ago. Ferrao says, since then they’ve been considering changes to the establishment that would best serve the community. One of those significant changes is the name change.
“The name Paris Inn came up and it conjured up great memories and times dating back thirty to fourty years ago when the community came together on weekends and just had a good place to gather with family and friends and that’s what we’re hoping to do.”
As much as Paris is growing, we want that place for them to come to that they can call their own that they can come and re-create old memories or come and create new memories, that’s what we’re about.”Lee Ferrao, Paris Inn
Changes also include the elimination of the retail space offering jeans and t-shirts, in favour of a larger, open concept seating area and bar.
Ferrao adds, in a world where social distancing has become the new normal, the additional space will also be useful when their doors are re-open to eat-in diners.
The Paris Inn has also changed up their beverage menu to focus on local brews and wines.
“When I moved to this area, I found Paris and Brantford people very very proud people. They love to support. They love to promote their own. I want to fall within that. I want to support this community. I want to serve this community. By all means, whether it be grocers, produce, breweries, wineries, it’s all about supporting local. Friends helping friends. People helping people.”Lee Ferrao, Paris Inn
“We’re now open for take-out for some of the best pizza in town, along with our local craft beer and wine that we’re allowed to sell. Whenever we’re given the green light to open as a full restaurant we’re happy to take care of the community that way too.”Lee Ferrao, Paris Inn