Pantry Kitchen restaurant closing, catering expanding

Published on February 21, 2014
Larry MacGregor, owner of the Pantry Kitchen, says he will be focusing on catering moving forward. The restaurant portion of the business closes on Feb. 28.

The restaurant portion of the Pantry Kitchen on Foord Street in Stellarton is closing.
Instead Larry MacGregor said he’ll be focusing on the catering business.

“We’ve been doing (catering) for a quite a few years now and we’ve done well at that part of the business. The catering has given us a lot of enjoyment and a lot of challenges.”

The restaurant was also popular and successful but he said he was at a point where he wanted to be able to devote his attention to one portion.

“It’s not an easy decision but we decided to go strictly with catering.”

The restaurant will close Feb. 28.

The popular eating spot was a destination for Pictou County diners for the last 13 years.

“We’ve had such great customers over the years and such loyal customers,” MacGregor said.

Plans are for the catering business to operate out of the current building.

“For the time being, we’re going to maintain the space,” he said. “Down the road we’re certainly going to be looking at other options. It’s a workable space for our catering.”

In many ways the central location of the business is ideal. It’s close to some of their biggest catering locations – The Museum of Industry, Holiday Inn and Nova Scotia Community College.

As they expand the catering, he said he hopes to be able to focus some more attention to providing food for weddings and other weekend events that were harder to do when the restaurant was in operation.