In the News
Since opening our doors in 2012, Birdie’s Perch quickly generated quite a buzz, and became a local icon (it’s hard to miss the red double-decker bus!). Here’s a sample of some of our media coverage.
“We think Leamington is a magical place and our neighbours inspire us,” Yetman expresses…. “Our clientele is looking for local, local, local, whether that means great Lake Erie yellow perch or a piece of beach glass jewellery from Pelee Island,” Yetman stresses. “I think we all enjoy seeing the best our community produces on display.”
Another way is to try the fish at a local restaurant — Birdie’s Perch, that double-decker fish truck near Point Pelee, buys their perch from Taylor, for example.
“We’re really excited — yeah, the days are long, but it’s so much fun, the people are happy, doing what they love,” said Kathleen Yetman of Birdie’s Perch.
Point Pelee National Park is ground zero for the Festival of Birds, which runs from May 1 to 18 and attracts tens of thousands of bird lovers from around the world. Of 55 American wood warbler species, observers at Point Pelee have logged 42, of which 36 are annual regulars.
Parks superintendent Karen Linauskas said most birders who spend a few days in May locally can expect to see 100 species. “It’s such a great variety for such a small space,” she said.
Leamington Chamber Celebrates 19 Years of Business Excellence, Biz X magazine, November-December 2013
Birdie’s Perch wins the Innovation Award at the Leamington Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards.
At Point Pelee National Park we asked a park warden about local fish from the lake, and she recommended Birdie’s Perch, which is located just outside the park… Their sign reads “We use only the finest, freshest Lake Erie Yellow Perch”.
Leamington Chamber of Commerce award winners, by Dave Hall, Windsor Star, October 10, 2013
Birdie’s Perch wins the Innovation Award from the Leamington Chamber of Commerce.
Birdies Perch: It’s a Bustaurant, by Eric Bonnici, Eyes on Windsor
(Note that the review link and opening date are from 2013)
Birdie’s Perch is a restaurant located at Leamington’s Pelee Station just minutes away from Point Pelee National Park. This charming establishment is Windsor Essex’s first “Bustaurant”. That’s because it’s housed inside a 1965 Bristol Lodekka double-decker bus from the United Kingdom. The kitchen is situated downstairs and customers can dine on the outdoor patio or upstairs on the bus. The tasty food is made fresh daily and most ingredients are sourced locally from Ontario and Essex County.
You can’t miss this bus. Birdie’s Perch has quickly become an attention-grabbing roadside attraction and eatery near Point Pelee, a provincial park and popular birding destination in Leamington, Ontario. Dan and Kathleen Yetman converted a bright red, 1965 Lodekka double-decker bus from Britain into a restaurant with a kitchen on the lower level and seating for 20 upstairs, plus a large patio that can accommodate many more. The signature fish-and-chips dish has five pieces of fresh-caught Lake Erie yellow perch served with hand-cut fries, slaw and a special garlic sauce. The menu also includes items made with other locally sourced ingredients from buns to bacon. For the early birds, the restaurant recently added a breakfast menu with names inspired by the spring migration. Warbler, anyone?
Food with Jonathan Pinto—Birdie’s Perch, CBC Radio English, May 9, 2013
Birdie’s Perch: It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a…BUS-taurant? Our food explorer Jonathan Pinto went to Point Pelee and ate at Birdie’s Perch, a double decker fish truck.
LEAMINGTON, ON—Food trucks aren’t the only meals on wheels in Ontario these days. Birdie’s Perch, a new “busterant” housed in a Bristol Loedekka double decker bus, is a 20 seat diner run by husband and wife team Dan and Kathleen Yetman, along with their two daughters Shasta and Evangeline. Kathleen, a chef who has worked at Casino Windsor and owned a bistro in Victoria, now dishes up local Lake Erie perch in cones, buns and tacos.
Leamington Bustaurant Draws a Crowd, by Ted Whipp, Windsor Star, July 25, 2012
With Vid: ‘Bustaurant’ serving roadside fare with flair: British double-decker waits on the road to Point Pelee, By Ted Whipp, Windsor Star, July 24, 2012
Welcome to Birdie’s Perch, the area’s new restaurant, and likely the only one that calls itself “a bustaurant.” It’s also proving a summer hit, with its local take on fish and chips, along with food items gleaned from nearby suppliers.
Birdie’s Perch, Pelee Station restaurant owners Kathleen and Dan Yetman along with their children, Shasta and Evangeline, Ottawa Citizen, July 23, 2012
OK, while this quickie piece was distributed on the newswire using photos by Jason Kryk of the Windsor Star, we were thrilled it got picked up by papers across the country, including the Vancouver Sun, Edmonton Journal and Ottawa Citizen. (Not showing any favouritism here: we choose the Citizen because they reproduced the photo the best.)
8 Stories of entrepreneurship in Windsor-Essex, The Windsor Essex Small Business Centre, Video by Perfect Shutter, Vimeo, 2013