||St. Agatha, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada
|Angie's Country Kitchen |
||Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada
|Angie's Kitchen |
||Angie Graham |
|Eby ID Number
||Nov 1997 
|Cause: heart attack |
||12 Jun 2019 |
- Angie's Kitchen celebrates 50 years
WATERLOO - In 1962, in a home on Erb Street, Angie and Bill Graham were raising five children in the middle of a thriving industrial area in Waterloo's downtown.
The Snider's Flour Mill was right behind them. The Seagram's whiskey plant was across the street. Carling Brewery was nearby. Machine shops and factories across Waterloo and Kitchener were busy.
Bill was working off and on as a labourer, while Angie supplemented the family income by selling her popular homemade bread. Both came from entrepreneurial families. Bill's family had been in the restaurant business '96 running Graham's Grill until it closed '96 and Angie's father, Sam Fardella, built the Grand Theatre in Fergus.
Angie and Bill had dreamed of running their own restaurant and in 1962, they made their dream come true, converting part of their Erb Street home into a small diner with about 30 seats. Angie's Kitchen was born.
It became a landmark that survived the huge changes that have swept across the region over the past 50 years, including the demise of manufacturing in the downtown area. Educational facilities and research institutes have replaced the factories that used to be the restaurant's neighbours.
Today, there are two restaurants, one on Erb Street in Waterloo and another in the village of St. Agatha. They are run as separate businesses.
The Angie's Kitchen name is owned by Angie's son, Michael Graham, and his family, who run Angie's Country Kitchen, in St Agatha. It has about 30 employees and combines the traditional Angie's dining experience with a banquet and catering business.
The original Erb Street restaurant, recently rebranded as "Angie's since 1962," is owned by Angie's daughter, Teresa Huegle, and her family. That location employs about 15 people.
Graham and Huegle have vivid memories of the spirit and energy of their mother Angie, who was widowed just two years after the restaurant opened. "She was always a good cook and she was thrifty and frugal," Graham says. "We had a little garden in our backyard and she was able to pull enough stuff out of that garden to feed us all."
Angie was widely known for her kindness and hospitality. Graham recalls people gathering around their kitchen table to enjoy his mother's homemade bread, which was where the Angie's Kitchen name was born. "She would start baking bread on a Friday night and on Saturday, she would bake 16, 24 or 30 loaves of bread in a regular oven like they had back in the 1960s."
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