Jeremy Charles and Jeremy Bonia in the soon-to-be restaurant, Raymonds. Photo by Martin Connelly.
NEW UPSCALE RESTAURANT
Everybody’s Going to Love Raymonds
It won’t be open ‘til sometime in the fall, but folks are pretty excited about Raymonds, a collaboration between Jeremy Charles and Jeremy Bonia, the former head chef and house manager, respectively, at Atlantica. The duo are in the process of refurbishing the first floor of the old TI Murphy Center at 95 Water Street. The menu will be market cuisine-driven, which is to say, determined by what local producers and purveyors can offer. “We’re hoping for the same sort of success as Atlantica,” says Bonia, “But bringing everything to town, and doing it for ourselves.”
It’ll be fine dining, but it won’t be stuffy. “You need a shirt and shoes,” says Charles, “But that’s it.” The main floor will have a 50-person dining room, a lounge, and a smaller private function room. Prices will be comparable with other Water Street restaurants, and the view of The Narrows is breathtaking. The building is protected by the Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage Association, but far from being hard to deal with, Charles says the association was happy that someone was going to restore the long dormant building. “Plus, we’re happy to be on the east end,” says Charles. “Parking is easier, and I think business for everyone is really picking up.”