Reviving the Fish Factory
A main part of the Blackbush project, the new Fish Factory is being built on the spot of a previous fish factory that was destroyed in the early 2000s. The building’s overall size is about 6,000 square feet, combining contemporary forms with traditional techniques. The architecture forges a physical connection between community and landscape.
Onsite the Ground level will feature “Fin at the Fish Factory” (Take Away Menu) which is a pick-up and takeout dining option as well as a local seafood market that is looking to help improve the local area’s economic renaissance.
Opening in conjunction with the Hotel in 2022 will be “Fluke at the Fish Factory“. This is being planned for upstairs on level two, which will be a spectacular dining room with unparalleled views, an open concept kitchen and community space.
“My goal at the end of the day in developing this area is to create social development and employment for the area.” said Tim Banks, the developer and CEO of APM.
Also included in the space will be a Fish Market, a place to purchase Prince Edward Islands fresh and delicious seafood. Blackbush will be partnering with several local providers to source the best and freshest product.
The idea is to have 3 to 4 people working here during the winter months and up to 12 people in the summer. “We’re going to operate it ourselves and try to work with the Community as closely as we can.” he said. “I’m hoping we’ll be able to do something in the Grand Tracadie Community that will transpire into a seasonal business to employ youth and people within the area and also try to maintain it in the winter to see that it provides quality products to the local and international markets.” As well as processing seafood for local markets, the plan involves preparing seafood focused delights on the lower level for consumption. It won’t involve restaurant dining service but a space for people to sit and eat. That upper level will also serve as a meeting and convention space. These are also vital non-profit activities that bring the Blackbush and the Fish Factory closer to the community as a whole, helping improve the region’s economic renaissance.
Excerpts from “Reviving the Fish Factory” By Terrance McEachern Saltwire Network