Jim, the heart of the kitchen, has spent hundreds of mornings chatting with guests, often the same guests, day after day, and week after week... Long before the internet and facebook were even invented, the Craftsman was the place where people in the community would come to visit, connect, share, and laugh. The food has always been great, of course, but it was just one part of the larger recipe. The other ingredients have always been friendliness, inclusion, a great staff that are more like family than employees, and a focus on being real. We know, from all the messages, cards, gifts, comments, and hugs throughout the years that we’re appreciated. But as much as you appreciate us, we appreciate you, even more. Thank you for bringing us your business over the last 32 years. Even more, thank you for your friendship, and for contributing to our small town community.
Every year for the past few years we've said, "oh, this is probably our last year open. It's just about time to retire." The winds of change have been whispering to us for some time, but now they've gotten loud enough that we can't ignore them any longer. We're retiring. It's true. But like so many things in life it's a process. Because the Craftsman hasn't just been our job, or just been our business. No, no, it's been so much more: it's also been our home. Our staff and regular customers feel like family. We've lived here on the property for over three decades. We have roots here that run deep. While we've been eyeing retirement for some time now, it hasn't felt right to just up and leave. We LOVE the Craftsman, and moving on is hard! So what does it all mean? What now? The short answer: we're not really sure. The longer answer: we're waiting for a sign.
There's nothing better than waking up and having someone make you a hot delicious breakfast! Bonus points for a perfect cup of coffee! Here at the Craftsman, we're a bit obsessed with breakfast. From our Early Burger topped with a fried egg, to the selection of Eggs Benedict, to French Toast with berries and ice cream, we put the O! in Morning!
'Real Food for Real People' has been our motto for years. That's why we serve the same tasty quality meals that we ourselves enjoy. We do our best to prepare our food in-house using natural products without all kinds of additives. We believe in sustainability and the slow food movement, which combines a respect for culinary pleasures and protection of food-culture and agricultural biodiversity around the world.
Did you know that our burgers are 100% Canadian ground beef? That’s why they taste so darn good! Each week we take 6 oz of fresh Canadian ground beef and honour it with a new combination of fresh, inspired toppings. You can stay current on our featured burger by following us on twitter.
We’re a thoughtful bunch around here, and we stand behind our values. We have our own Food Philosophy, but we also feel strongly about: Authenticity, Community, and Respect. 'Real food for real people' has been our motto for years. That means we take pride in the meals we serve our guests, using sustainable wholesome ingredients . But it also means we take pride in how we treat our guests.
There's something magical about North Hastings - the rolling hills, clean air, dense forests, sparkling lakes and rich minerals come together to make one of the most beautiful places in the world! This place rejuvenates the soul, instills a sense of peace, and lifts the spirit. No wonder so many creative and interesting people choose to spend their time here.