Michael congratulates Todd Perrin and the Mallard Cottage team
Private Member’s Statement
Congratulations to Todd Perrin and the Mallard Cottage team
Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker,
I am fortunate to represent a colourful and diverse district with a piece of history on practically every street corner.
In Quidi Vidi Village, for example, you will find Mallard Cottage, an Irish-Newfoundland vernacular style cottage, recognized as a National Historic Site of Canada and one of the oldest wooden buildings in North America.
After a century and a half as residence for the Mallard family, who fished and farmed in the area, Mallard Cottage spent more than two decades as a popular antiques shop.
In 2011, the cottage was purchased by Chef Todd Perrin, Kim Doyle, and Stephen Lee. The building was lovingly restored, hard work that was recognized in June this year when they were honoured with the Southcott Award.
Todd and his team had a setback in July when an electrical fire damaged parts of the building, but I am happy to report they persevered and on November first, they opened for business and are already well-established on the local dining scene with their unique twist on traditional foods.
I ask all hon. members to join me in congratulating Todd Perrin. His creative vision and perseverance mean the continued existence of a unique piece of this Province’s history.