News

BIA dares you to walk Queen St. alley
03-08-2013
Go ahead, take a walk through a downtown alleyway at night. The downtown Business Improvement Area isn't just daring you to, they're encouraging it.

That's because they are almost set to officially unveil Daredevil Alley, a walkway on the south side of Queen St.
Queen Street Park Grand Opening
09-29-2012
You are invited to attend the Grand Opening of the Queen Street Park and a ceremony to dedicate a Peace Garden commemorating the War of 1812. It all takes place on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 6:00pm at the Queen Street Park (next to City Hall).
Buskers entertain Queen St. visitors
09-05-2012
Niagara Falls’ first Buskerfest went off without a hitch, wrapping up Sunday and bringing in over 150 performances, vendors, special performances, and record breaking attempts for the Guinness Book of World Records to historic Queen Street. See Article.
Popular Queen St. restaurant to re-open next month
07-14-2012
NIAGARA FALLS – Paris Crepes Bistro, which closed abruptly in May despite being heralded as one of Queen Street's success stories, is set to re-open next month under a new name.Thierry Clement, one of the original owners of the popular Parisian-style eatery which opened in 2009, said Thursday the Paris Crepes Cafe will open in early August.
Lyndesfarne relocates to Niagara Falls
05-31-2012
Lyndesfarne Theatre Projects (LTP) proudly announces the relocation of their theatre company to the Seneca Queen Theatre (circa 1940), located at 4624 Queen Street in downtown Niagara Falls, Ontario. After seven years of producing theatre in St. Catharines, LTP will now make its home in the historic 330 seat theatre in the revitalized Queen Street arts district.
Cupolo Sports heading downtown
03-22-2012
NIAGARA FALLS - Cupolo Sports, which is celebrating 100 years of business in 2012, is moving. Owner Jerry Cupolo, whose uncle Charlie opened the store in 1912, said Monday the store is moving to a new location at 4554 Queen St. It’s expected to reopen April 15.
Acquisition of Historic Niagara
03-22-2012
On March 26 2012, Keefer Developments Ltd. (KDL) successfully completed the acquisition of the real estate portfolio formerly known as Historic Niagara Development Inc.

The portfolio including more than 40 sites holds approximately 200,000 sq. feet of retail and office space and 60 living units.
Buskerfest Niagara in downtown Niagara Falls
05-31-2012
Amid the historic and funky shops and restaurants on Queen Street in Niagara Falls, Buskerfest Niagara comes to life at the end of August. From Friday, August 31 - Sunday, September 2, 2012, Buskerfest Niagara will bring acts from around the world showcasing three days of colourful street performances by more than 20 world-class talented buskers.
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    Keefer Developments Ltd.
    4605 Crysler Avenue. Unit 4
    Niagara Falls Ontario Canada
    L2E 3V6
  • Telephone: 905-353-9555
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    Theresa Cotton

Niagara Falls News Article



Bed and Breakfast a Culinary Destination

The Keefer Mansion Inn is revamping its menu to give guests a dining experience that’s unparalleled in Niagara.

Newly hired executive chef Kyle Paton was brought on board to take the historic bed and breakfast’s already stellar reputation as a culinary destination to a new level.

"They wanted to elevate their food, and make dining here an experience like nothing else in the area,” said Paton, adding he jumped at the opportunity to join an established business that is striving to revamp its culinary brand.

Paton has taken on the challenge of finding out what the Keefer and Niagara need by researching the inn’s history and the Keefer family, seeking out menus from the late 1800s and early 1900s. He noticed settlers from that era dined on a lot of game meats and odd cuts of traditionally farmed animals. The rest of the ingredients are "hyper local.”

Each meal is crafted with care and passion for feeding guests high quality dishes.
"I had nothing to go off of except my own experiences, and what I thought that Niagara needed, since I haven’t worked in the area in awhile,” he said, adding the inn’s main focus and purpose is hospitality. "I think that is overlooked a lot at restaurants these days. We just want people to feel how much we want to cook for them. And I think it shows when the food is presented.”

His own food philosophy is shaped by his belief in sustainability and respect for ingredients.
"A huge focus of mine is sustainability, and I thought that this played well with my food politics. I wanted to stay away from the over-farmed and poorly raised typical meats that you see at every restaurant,” he said. Nutrition and functional foods have been a focal point of Paton’s career. "That all comes back to respect for ingredients, and loving vegetables for me,” he said, adding he focuses on crafting dishes that incorporate vegetables as much as meat.

"I think this is greatly overlooked in restaurants. We put as much passion and effort into cooking each vegetable as we do our meats, and that really sets us apart.”

Taking an "old world approach” with ingredients and infusing modern techniques into the mix is setting the Keefer apart and bringing their fine dining to a new level. You’ll see heritage birds, venison, lamb and boar on the menu.
"I love that I’m able to see out my vision completely for the inn, with full support from everyone involved. I’m doing something that hasn’t been done here, and that is very unique to the area,” he said, adding that though he’d been worried that the regular diners would be confused by the changes, "it’s been going over very well.”

Change will be one of the few constant features on the menu as the dishes continue to evolve "on a day-to-day basis. You’ll be hard-pressed to come in and find the same dish on the menu upon a second visit, and if it is, it’s probably changed quite a bit. That’s something that keeps me excited every day.”


Keefer Mansion - A Success Story

The 9,000 square-foot Keefer Mansion Inn is conveniently located at 14 St. Davids Street West in Thorold. Hugh Keefer (of the Keefer family, who are considered Thorold’s founding family) built the Maplehurst medical facility in 1886, which operated for nearly 80 years. The building was later restored and transformed into the Keefer Mansion Inn.

Today, it’s designated under the Ontario Heritage Act and features a grand staircase, eight fireplaces and 12-foot ceilings. This premier events venue hosts weddings, family and corporate celebrations and is an exceptional bed and breakfast, combining Victorian elegance with 21st century luxuries. Every room is decorated with reproduction antiques to reflect the charm of ages past.

The Keefers are one of Canada’s most important engineering dynasties who planned and directed the building of many railways, bridges, water and sewer works, the Welland Canal and Canada’s new Parliament (Information courtesy of The Keefer Mansion Inn).

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Photo: Destination Niagara Falls