The Union St. Café was established in 2000, by four women who were into local food before it became the buzzword it is today. Jenny and Meagan Osbourne, along with their mother, Anna, and their Aunt, Kate, soon grew out of that first location and moved to the current location on Commercial Street. The landmark building had been the home of the beloved Rice’s, and has been a restaurant and pub for over 70 years! Jenny and Meagan worked hard to create a truly unique spot; one where you can eat a delicious meal, made from the finest local offerings and enjoy quality live music. In 2015, the sisters began to feel like it was time to step away. “To our pleasure we have made a life of things we love” Jenny Osburn. Union St.’s own Lauren Franey, and local caterer/crafter extraordinaire, Virginia Fynes will takeover, March 2016 and they couldn’t be more excited!
“The Union Street Café represents Canadian Cuisine at its best. It’s firmly rooted in some of the most fertile soil in the country and intimately connected with the community it serves. It’s a place of memories and flavours, a place for celebrations and simple meals. It’s the sort of fun neighbourhood joint that we all wish was just down the street.” Chef Michael Smith
Lauren has worked at the café for over five years. Her and husband, Lucas, came so much that when she applied for the serving position, they didn’t have to interview her. She had already memorized the menu. She is the oldest in a family of girls and grew up right here in Berwick. Lauren and Lucas have three adorable children, and incredibly supportive families. There is nothing she loves more than delicious food with great company, and can usually be found belting out Joel Plaskett, with her kids, on route to preschool.
Virginia was raised in neighbouring community of Morristown, where she has made a home for her husband Justin and two small children. Brought up on a hog farm and having roots in the Annapolis Valley agricultural circle, Virginia is proud to join a business known for supporting local farmers and artisans. For the past 5 years, she has catered to many special events and weddings in the valley and looks forward to continuing serving dishes that compliment the season and local harvests. Virginia can often be found up to her elbows in paint, or clicking away at her blog Fynes Designs.
Together these ladies look forward to being a part of your next great meal, celebration, and toe tapping good time!