Appleseed Modern Diner opening in Pictou County

Business hopes to buy and hire local

Published on May 13, 2014
David Cohen in front of the future Appleseed Modern Diner.

If the amount of interest on Facebook is any indication, Appleseed Modern Diner could soon be a popular dining destination for people in Pictou County.

Construction is still ongoing at the building, which will house both the diner and Central Amusement’s Sparkles Family Entertainment, but already hundreds have been following the business on Facebook, eagerly waiting the day the doors open.

David Cohen said he is amazed by the response so far and excited about the possibilities of this new venture.

He said when he initially talked with Christian Keay, who owns Central Amusement, they discussed a number of different concepts that combine eating with entertainment such as a Chucky Cheese’s style business, but ultimately decided they would be best to have neighbouring businesses within the same building. Appleseed Modern Diner will be located on MacGregor Avenue, behind the Subaru dealership and across from the Pictou County Wellness Centre.

Central Amusement is moving from the Highland Square Mall to the new location because of changes at the mall.

The project has been delayed some because of poor weather for construction, but Cohen said their goal now is to be in and open sometime in June. The venue will serve standard diner fare with a modern flare, he said. On the menu, you’ll find fries, burgers, floats and milkshakes, but with a 21st century twist.

He intends to keep prices reasonable, he said, while still offering some specialty items like lattes and cappuccinos.  The plan is for the diner to seat about 75 people.

Wherever possible, he said, he plans to use local sources for supplying the food for the diner. Already he’s lined up supplies such as Gennoe’s Bakery and Leo’s Brewery. He anticipates hiring 20 people to work there.

“I’ve lived here for a number of years,” Cohen said. “I have a young family and we feel that we want to help this region succeed.”

He said he believes in giving to the community and will try to find ways to do that when the business opens.

“Hopefully people will do the same and support us back.”