Neighbouring restaurants make Canada’s Top 100 list


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Two neighbouring Winnipeg eateries have been ranked among the top restaurants in the country.

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Two neighbouring Winnipeg eateries have been ranked among the top restaurants in the country.

Máquè and Close Company, which are situated next door from one another on Stafford Street, have been included in this year’s Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants List.

This is the second time chef-restaurateur Scott Bagshaw has had a business represented in the annual food and drink ranking scale. Enoteca was included in 2020.

Chef Scott Bagshaw's restaurant Maque has been ranked 74th on this year's Canada's 100 Best Restaurants List. (Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press Files)

“Hopefully we can get Passero on that list next year to get the trifecta finished,” Bagshaw says with a laugh. “I’m super proud of my staff and very grateful for our clientele.”

The list, which is the result of voting from dozens of industry judges across the country, was released on Monday. Once the results went live, Bagshaw got a call from chef Dustin Pajak of Close Company to share congratulations.

“We’re literally a back lane across from each other, so that’s kind of neat,” Bagshaw says. “We’ve always had a very good rapport and we’ve always gotten along with each other and respect the work we’ve done.”

Close Company — which, incidentally, is closed at the moment — is ranked at No. 83, with Máquè coming it at No. 74.

While it’s nice to have his restaurant represented nationally, Bagshaw says he isn’t in it for the accolades. Still, amid a pandemic, any kind of kudos is welcome.

“I’ve always believed that what we’re doing is really good, it’s nice to be recognized,” he says. “I think it shows that we were able to pivot pretty well… and our customers have been really great in supporting us.”

Dustin Pajak, head chef at Close Company on 256 Stafford Street. The restaurant is ranked 83 on this year's Canada's 100 Best Restaurants List. (Mike Deal / Winnipeg Free Press Files)

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Eva Wasney

Eva Wasney
Arts Reporter

Eva Wasney is a reporter for the Winnipeg Free Press.

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