and Jeff Lucas
want to make their mark at Fisherman’s Cove. The pair of restaurant vets share 23 years’ experience between them—Boucher as a Red Seal chef, Lucas in both the front- and back-of-house—and have teamed up open Coastal Cook House
(16 Government Wharf), a gourmet take-out restaurant on the scenic waterfront strip.
“We’ve had so many ideas at different restaurants we worked at and couldn’t implement them,” says Lucas. “So when the opening came up at Fisherman’s Cove, we decided to pursue it.
” Boucher says the menu will be small but diverse. They’ll be flexible to change it based on customer desires but are hopeful diners will find favourites that they’ll come back for. “The idea we came up with is come out with a small menu we can execute to perfection. When people ask what the best dish is, we want to be able to tell them everything is great.”
The debut line-up features sandwiches (like chicken and waffle), burgers, lobster and bacon mac and cheese and a couple of rice dishes. Lucas, who calls the Eastern Passage neighbourhood a “mini-Lunenburg,” is excited about the potential of their business’ new home. “This place is like an untapped market,” adds Boucher. “There are not many restaurants around and we wanted to add something new to the area. It’s developing and growing, and we wanted to make it boom.”
Coastal Cookhouse aims to open on May 1.