After 43 years in business, the Round Table Steakhouse and Pub has come to the end of the road.
The last meal at the restaurant on Pembina Highway will be served May 15.
Owner Kristjan Kristjansson says the current setup is just too big and he thinks that fine dining just isn’t as popular as it used to be. That’s why a new spot with a more casual dining experience and a focus on craft beer will be going in its place.
“People don’t get dressed up for dinner anymore. People are more cautious about what they eat. Cost of beef has gone up. The darker types of environment are not as popular as brighter restaurants, and its hard to brighten up a restaurant that doesn’t have windows.There are lots of variables in the Round Table that were leading edge in 1973 and into the eighties but that’s changed.”
Kristjansson says he saw the writing on the wall as much as seven years ago, so he decided looking into what changes could be made to get away from their fine dining concept.
“We’ve worked really hard to understand what national trends are very popular. We’ve tried to understand not only what’s popular but what’s got true staying power.”
Kristjansson adds that they will be auctioning off a lot of the restaurant’s contents after it closes.
“There’s lots of paintings, pictures, tons of stain glass. Not all the chairs will be available, we’re going from 300 seats to 200 seats. There’s some really special pieces on the wall that will not fit with what we’re doing. There are people with a connection to the Round Table, and if they like something we’re hoping they buy it.”
Proceeds from the auction will go to a charity set up in honour of the late daughter of his operating partner, Kris Kopansky. Kristjansson says they will be having special celebrations in the lead up to the closing of the restaurant.