Mother’s restaurant is back in town, and included on Laurier students’ OneCards as of September 23.
The nostalgic-themed restaurant, with red and white checkered tablecloths and silent movies playing in the background, offers an updated menu of classic Italian dishes and desserts. Mother’s re-opened in May of 2015 and was added to the OneCard five months later.
Jonathen Kimpton, General Manager of Mother’s restaurant, sought out the partnership with the university. He said, “We want to nurture the future of Brantford … Everyone is looking for a place to hang out, and now they’re going to get a good, home-cooked meal. And we’re right between the university and Walmart, which is where students tend to be heading on King George road.”
Chantel DaSilva, a server at Mother’s and fifth year student at Laurier’s Brantford campus, suggests ordering from the Classic menu or one of their famous pizzas. “With the classic menu, you get a super salad and a dessert, so it’s the best deal. You really can’t go wrong here. Nothing is frozen except ice cream.”
Miles Smith, second year student at Laurier’s Brantford campus and avid OneCard user, says that his main concern is the machines that are required for the OneCard. Another concern that has arisen is the lack of diversity in the OneCard restaurant listings.
Smith, said “for me, part of the Brantford experience is having some sort of family run restaurants, like Lonnie’s, and exploring the food options that are in Brantford. I’d like to see more OneCard involvement with the local businesses.”
Mother’s restaurant is located on King George Road, a 30 minute bus ride when taking the 4C or a 10 minute car ride.
“That is pretty far, and I would probably opt for a closer restaurant.” Smith said. However, DaSilva said, “it’s only thirty minutes and it drops you off right in front.”
Kimpton would like to grow the partnership between Mother’s and Wilfrid Laurier University. He said “We’re a very community-based, urban company. We want to be out there and have people know about us. We want to do stuff with the university and the businesses around us. If they want to do something fun with us, contact me and we can work something out. ”
Mother’s is able to modify menu items for any intolerances or allergies, and also willing to provide vegetarian and/or vegan options.