• 237 McDermot Ave.

  • Phone: (204) 421-0682

  • Email: wfpnewscafe@gmail.com


  • Mon - Thu: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

  • Friday: 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.

  • Saturday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

  • Sunday: Closed


News Café now open

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Canada's first News Café is now officially open.

Dom and his talented restaurant staff have put together a unique and delicious menu full of local dishes and ingredients. Traffic was brisk over the lunch hour today as keeners dropped in to sample the menu - the grilled aged cheddar and havarti sandwich and the Spanish pork and pasta soup were highlights.

Joanne Kelly from Shaw TV was in yesterday to record a segment on the opening. Her questions actually got me fired up again as they made me realize that the vision and work behind the scenes have finally paid off.

There was significant buzz inside the café today, and on Twitter. In fact, the cafe Twitter hashtag was trending in Winnipeg today.

The restaurant side is running at full speed, and the live video systems are almost fully installed. We're just putting the finishing touches on the sound and lighting systems.

Multimedia editor Tyler Walsh, reporter Tania Kohut, social media reporter Lindsey Wiebe and I are now based out of the café.

We have also had many cameo appearances from other Free Press journalists such as Dan Lett, Geoff Kirbyson, Margo Goodhand, Bill Redekop, Doug Speirs, Mike Deal, Trevor Hagan, Wayne Glowacki and Ruth Bonneville. It's been the perfect place for them to meet contacts and work on stories. Photographers have been dropping off 'viz' for editing and chatting about assignments with Tyler and Tania.

We'll be scheduling public events soon, so watch for those announcements. With a federal election approaching, and a provincial election in the not-to-distant future, we'll be hosting many town halls and Q&As in the weeks ahead.

Look forward to seeing you soon.


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Hey John... I checked out the place on Saturday. Looks awesome! A little disappointed that the breakfast menu wasn't ready yet, but the cinnamon bun was yummy. What are the chances of breakfast being available this coming weekend?

Regardless, congrats on your launch. The coffee was tasty too.

I like that John White comes on here and answers questions and addresses the whiners in such a witty way!

@ TurboKelly: Awesome comment!! I also hate when people click on articles and comment: who cares? Don't click and don't comment if you don't care, eh?

@MrGuy: interesting that you think everything the Free Press is doing is a failure, yet here you are at the website, commenting.

John - don't let the bozos (you know who they are) get you down. This is a great idea. You are supported by the silent majority.

@Mr. Guy: Appreciate your open-minded approach as our company tries new things. You positive energy and outlook are inspiring. Wait, what?

It looks worse than a high school cafeteria. I don't feel compelled in the least to go, based on the uninviting appearance in the pictures.
And I don't understand how any journos are going to even have the time to chat, unless they come in on their days off, which is unlikely.
Good luck with the initiative, Freep. I think you'll need it, since the list of failures is growing:

Hey John, I'm looking forward to swinging by for breakfast on Saturday. Hopefully a new (no pun intended) place to hang in the neighbourhood.

@23658772: There is an open newsroom/cafe in Connecticut, but that's about it for now. Other cities are exploring options.

@JetStream: My apologies. I thought our side entrance was at ground level. I'll look into this with the building owner.

I'm excited to come see the cafe and try it out! What a great idea. Do any other newspapers/cities run something like this? It's cool.

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