Spotlight: Bob Desautels from The Neighbourhood Group

By Clara Luke    This week we’d like to highlight the amazing sustainability work being done Bob Desautels and his team at The Neighbourhood Group, based out of Guelph, Ontario. This network of restaurants includes the The Wooly, Borealis Grillehouse & Bar(locations in both Guelph and Kitchener), and Miijidaa Cafe + Bistro. The Group has been leading buzz-worthy innovations in restaurant sustainability for over...

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Bob receives Award

University of Guelph's MBA Honours Night

  Bob Desautels receives the "Distinguished Industry Leadership" 2017 Award from the University of Guelph's College of Business and Economics      

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Obsessively Local for Neighbourhood Group

Selling Obsessively Local for Neighbourhood Group

  For PDF of article please click here.

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ORN 2016 Restaurauteur of the Year

Ontario Restaurant News 2016 Restaurateur of the Year

To see PDF of this letter please click here.     Restaurateur of the Year: Bob Desautels, The Neighbourhood Group of Companies  By Bill Tremblay When Bob Desautels voluntarily paid a premium for local electricity generated by windmills, his hospitality industry peers thought he was “crazy,” the Guelph-based restaurateur admits.  However, ensuring The Neighbourhood Group of restaurants operates in an...

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New Executive Team at Neighbourhood Group of Companies

 In November, 2016 The Neighbourhood Group of Companies (NGC), the parent company of Guelph’s ground breaking Woolwich Arrow Pub, Borealis Grille & Bar and Miijidaa café + bistro along with Kitchener’s Borealis Grille & Bar, is pleased to announce a new Executive Team. The group of restaurants are national leaders in the sales of locally crafted foods and beverages which...

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B-Corp Certified

NGC Group of Restaurants Receive B Corp Certifications

Guelph, Ontario (May 2, 2016) The Neighbourhood Group of Companies (NGC), the parent company of The Woolwich Arrow Pub, Borealis Grille & Bar and Miijidaa café + bistro, is very proud and pleased to announce that they are now officially a Certified B Corporation. This Certification makes NGC the largest B Corp certified restaurant company in the world. Some of...

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The Agenda with Steve Paikin

Catch our Group Leader, Court Desautels, chatting to Steve Paikin about why Ontarions are asking more questions about where their food comes from and are desiring that emotional connection to their food. Aired Monday, March 7th at 8pm and 11pm. Click this link to see Court Desautels on The Agenda with Steve Paikin

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inside miijidaa

The Road to a Land Acknowledgement

In late 2014 I began to conceptualize a new restaurant. I had just made a tentative deal to take over a space in Guelph’s Bookshelf menagerie of cinema, bookstore, café and night club…and I thought it would be rather cool to operate a full service restaurant within that particularly dynamic orbit. While my company, The Neighbourhood Group, specialized in locally-inspired...

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Ottawa Citizen

Article from Ottawa Citizen

by Mary Teresa Bitti of the Financial Post  The article reads:   Bob Desautels, an award-winning restaurateur and founder of the Neighbourhood Group of Companies, has never been more excited about a restaurant opening. His latest restaurant, Miijidaa, an Ojibwe word that means "let’s eat,” opened recently in downtown Guelph, Ont. It’s his third in the city and follows the...

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Wine sense book cover

WineSense Book for Sale

     WineSense - The Three Keys To Understanding Wines is available at both the Woolwich Arrow and Borealis Kitchener and Guelph locations. As well, you can order the book through Friesen Press.

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Investing in Our Future Environmental Leaders

When you ask Bob Desautels how important it is to educate children about the environment, he’ll use one word to describe it: critical. He doesn’t use this word lightly and his actions speak loudly to reinforce that with a $75,000 commitment to the new Guelph Lake Nature Centre Complex on behalf of the Woolwich Arrow Pub, Borealis Restaurants in Guelph...

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Easy rider Parade

Press Release for Easy Rider Parade

On Sunday, June 1st, 2014 we held our EASY RIDER PARADE. Sponsored by Steam Whistle Brewery, bullfrog power, Borealis Grille and The Woolwich Arrow. Read More.  

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Accolades Guelph Tribune Readers' Choice Awards - November 2013 The people have spoken and the results are in. Borealis Grille & Bar: Voted #1 Original Cuisine, #1 Casual Fine Dining, #1 Environmentally Friendly Restaurant.  Woolwich Arrow Pub: Voted #1 Bar, #1 Friendliest Restaurant, One of the Best Pubs, One of the Best Environmentally Friendly Restaurants, One of the Best Fish and Chips!...

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