Periwinkle Restaurant being demolished

Sherry Martell
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MARSHVILLE - A landmark building in Marshville will meet its demise today.
Jim Fanning and Pauline Mattinson purchased the former Periwinkle Restaurant about four years ago and have been exploring possible options to rejuvenate the five-acre, prime beach view property into a welcoming destination for people travelling along the Sunrise Trail.
"I'm sad that the landmark is going to be no more but we'll do something in the future to carry on the Periwinkle name," said Fanning.
The 1950s-style diner, located directly across from Amet View Beach, has not operated as a restaurant since about 1997 and was badly damaged about seven years ago when a storm ripped off its roof.
When it was in operation it was a popular destination during the summer for cottagers and beach-goers to buy ice cream cones or ice for their coolers, grab a quick bite to eat, or play a game of pool.
In the winter a steady convoy of semi-trucks carrying salt from the Canadian Salt Mine in Pugwash stopped for a hot meal and fresh
Fanning said he doesn't know how the restaurant received its name but suspects it had something to do with the great amount of periwinkles found along the Northumberland Shore.
The reddish-coloured leatherette seats in the booths have been removed along with all the tables and chairs but much of the original knotty pine woodwork remained on the walls.
Fanning said some of the original materials will be salvaged during the demolition process and he plans to reuse some of it during the redevelop of the site, making it as environmentally friendly as possible.
"No matter what we decide to do we're still going to keep the Periwinkle flavour," said Mattinson.
The couple have not finalized plans and are still considering all their options but said the site has endless potential to complement other tourism related venues in the area like overnight cottages, a near by golf course, and of course, sandy beaches as far as the eye can see.

Organizations: Canadian Salt Mine

Geographic location: MARSHVILLE, Pugwash, Northumberland Shore

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Recent comments

  • S
    January 18, 2010 - 10:14

    I think it would be a great idea to open somethilng similar to what the periwinkle was. It def needs something there for people who are going to the beach to stop for some food if they don't want to go into Tatamagouche or River John..great for the tourism.

  • Jennifer
    January 18, 2010 - 09:49

    I remember stopping at the Periwinkle years ago when we were children on our way to Rushton's Beach. A lot of good memories

  • Jennifer
    January 18, 2010 - 09:45

    I would love to see another similar development there. We used to have a cottage in Brule and also went to Rushton's often. Loved to stop there and the Brule Corner gas station for treats. Would be great for beach goers, tourists and cottagers to have a place to eat and visit again.