A Sweet Treat for the Beaverbrook Art Gallery: Chess Piece Pâtisserie to be Gallery’s Café Operator

Beaverbrook Art GalleryAugust 30, 20170 Comments

Fredericton, NB, August 30, 2017 --The Beaverbrook Art Gallery announced today that Chess Piece Pâtisserie will be the operator of the Gallery’s new café. The café will open this fall alongside the Gallery’s new pavilion on the weekend of October 14-15, 2017.

The new café is part of the Gallery’s pavilion expansion, adjacent to the RBC Learning Centre on the lower level of the building. Opening onto both the Green and Queen St., the café will be easily accessible by trail users and the general public  as well as the Gallery’s visitors – no admission or membership is required to access it. This will also allow the café to set its opening hours beyond the Gallery’s.

“Our goal is for the café to enhance our visitor experience by encouraging Gallery guests to take a break, enjoy refreshments, and reflect on the art they’ve seen at the Gallery, while also serving as a destination and meeting spot in its own right,” explains Interim Director/CEO Bernard Riordon, OC. “Locating it outside of our admissions space opens it to a greater audience and helps us be more accessible to our neighbours and friends in Fredericton’s vibrant and activity-filled downtown. We wish Chess Piece great success with this operation, and we look forward to a long and mutually-beneficial relationship.”

Owners Patti and Eric Hollenberg describe Chess Piece as “Fredericton’s only true Parisian style café,” and have been serving handmade pâtisseries, coffees, and savoury plates at their current downtown location for over three years. Each of them brings over a decade of experience in the industry, and this fall, they and their team will bring their passion and quality work to the Gallery’s café.

“We feel that the quality level that we bring is a terrific match for a location like the Gallery,” say the Hollenbergs. “We’re looking forward to having a location where we can also offer dessert and wine pairings and have an outdoor venue. Visitors can look forward to same delicious offerings and experience that we offer at our main café: high quality and value, served with class.”

Marg Routledge sits on the Gallery’s Board of Governors, and participated in the selection process for the new operator.

“I am delighted that Chess Piece Pâtisserie will be bringing their delicious food and beverage selections to the Gallery’s Café,” she says. “At their current Queen Street location, Eric and Patti have gained an outstanding reputation for their scrumptious pastries, soups, sandwiches and beverages, and we look forward to bringing their excellent offerings and service into the comfortable ambiance of the new café.”

More information, including the café’s menu and hours of operation, will be announced at a future date.

Designed by the award-winning firm MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects of Halifax, the Gallery’s new pavilion adds some 14,000 square feet of interior space over three levels, of which two levels will include gallery and programming spaces. The window-filled lower level will house amenities and public spaces, while the locally-sourced, Dorchester stone clad upper level will feature exhibition spaces and two grand windows overlooking Fredericton’s natural beauty. The new pavilion will open to the public on October 15.

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About the Beaverbrook Art Gallery

The Beaverbrook Art Gallery was founded by Lord Beaverbrook on September 16, 1959. The Gallery is internationally known for its collection of Atlantic Canadian, Canadian, British, and International works of art. The Beaverbrook Art Gallery “enriches life through art”. As the official art gallery of New Brunswick, and one of Canada’s leading art galleries and most important cultural treasures, its mission is to “bring art and community together in a dynamic cultural environment dedicated to the highest standards in acquisitions, exhibitions, programming, education and stewardship.”

The Beaverbrook Art Gallery enriches life through art.
La Galerie d'art Beaverbrook enrichit la vie par l'art.

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Jeremy Elder-Jubelin
Manager of Communications
Beaverbrook Art Gallery
703 Queen Street, P.O. Box 605
Fredericton, NB  E3B 5A6
Phone: (506) 458-2039
Email: communications@beaverbrookartgallery.org   
www.beaverbrookartgallery.org

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