Mitch Forgie was among the first to see the potential of the North Shore when he opened the doors at Red Beard Café, the popular beer, food and coffee place at Tranquille and Yew.
Now he’s doubling down on that location with Moustache and Go, a spot that will be dedicated to a speedy takeout menu aimed at the lunch crowd, while Red Beard focuses on customers who want to stay awhile and dine in.
“When the building next door went up for sale, the obvious thing to do was, let’s buy the building and let’s put our takeout cafe right next door to us,” Forgie said.
“So, now when those customers come in who have been coming here for years, we can say, oh, yeah, thanks for coming, but just step next door and they’ll be able to take care of your take-out order faster than we can, better than we can, because that’s what it’s designed for.”
Forgie points to former North Shore Business Improvement Association manager Peter Mutrie as part of the reason for his own interest in the North Shore.
“I think that he, probably, for me, had the most significant impact on the North Shore of anybody who’s ever been around in the last 15 years because he laid the groundwork,” Forgie said.
“He started people talking about rediscovering the pedestrian environment of Tranquille, rediscovering the quality of our neighbourhood.
“And Peter was just sort of a little bit ahead of his time.”
In addition to Moustache and Go, Forgie also has plans for a pop-up cocktail lounge in Red Beard’s basement.
Details for that plan will be solidified in the coming months.