As published in Red Deer Experss, Oct.15, 2010
Making its Mark
“I can’t say enough about the advantages of operating a business in Red Deer,” says Dwayne Gauthier, who owns and operates Restaurant 27 with his twin brother Darren.
“I spent a couple of weeks here in 1999 and really liked it and ended up staying. It’s the best move I could have made.
“We’ve built this business and others on the people I met here. Regular customers at our first restaurant downtown helped us build our new place and some of it was done on credit and the great support we received from local people.
“Red Deer is still a small enough place so that you get to know the right people and we couldn’t have done what we’ve done here in Calgary or Edmonton. People help and want you to do well.
There’s no better place for people starting out in business. I’m the dreamer, my brother is the realist and I think the balance between us makes us successful.”
Restaurant 27 & Lounge first opened its doors in a smaller, downtown location and in April 2009 relocated to a much larger space at 3301 Gaetz Ave., across from the Capri Hotel.
In a short time it’s become one of Red Deer’s most popular and best-liked upscale restaurants.
It won several Golden Fork awards last month and numerous other accolades for its fine dining, excellent service and ambience.
“We are always eager to support great local causes like the Relay for Life, the Red Deer Food Bank, the Red Deer Symphony, Loaves & Fishes, Ronald McDonald House, the Festival of Trees, the Optimists Club for Children, Red Deer Childrens’ Services Centre, Red Deer Regional Health, MS Society, Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Red Deer Victims Services, to name a few.
Day manager Erica Salomons and co-owner Dwayne Gauthier confer behind the bar at Restaurant 27 & Lounge