|Ken Geddes, bearded owner of the trendy new 'Plank' restaurant|
Geddes hopes to join the 675 other trendy Ottawa restaurants that offer the laid-back dining experience by offering something different to his patrons, which he says are becoming more discriminating in their dining expectations. "Most people eating out these days are 20-35 year olds who work in the start-up or website development industry who want to be entertained by whimsical presentations during their dining experience," says Geddes, "They need to feel that the $30 macaroni and cheese dish is justified by having it served in a unique format, such as in an ashtray or upside down pylon."
|"Plank" whimsically serves meals on manhole covers or in a toolbox.|
Geddes new restaurant features cuisine from local sources and offers food that has been cleverly name-changed to seem more unique, such as chicken being called "stockbird" and a steak being called a "meateor". Other menu items are whimsically presented to diners on manhole covers or in a toolbox. "We really wanted to step-up the casual dining experience," says Geddes, who is already booked into 2013. "At the end of your meal, when we bring you your receipt in a caulking gun, we want you to leave entertained, if not confused."
-story idea courtesy of Colin Cronin