The Inn at the Forks has been chosen to operate the Canadian Museum for Human Rights’ restaurant and catering services. The goal will be to showcase Manitoba cuisine to international visitors.
The restaurant will support local producers and align with human rights principles such as Fair Trade sourcing and environmental sustainability. It will be located within one of the Museum’s massive stone “roots” and incorporate a large, focal-point “Planet Earth” ceiling feature, an open-concept display kitchen, wooden communal tables and warm natural elements, as well as an outdoor patio.
About the restaurant
A “destination restaurant” described as “a fast-casual bistro with a fine-dining influence”, the facility includes an outdoor patio and seating for 67. It will be situated in an admission-free “root” of the Museum near the CMHR retail shop with direct access to the grounds of The Forks. It will be fully licenced, with table service suitable for lunch or dinner, and a flexible design allowing easy adaptation for private events. The menu will feature regional produce and Fair Trade purchasing, with a competitive lunch-service price point ($10 to $12 per plate).
About the catering
A comprehensive banquet and catering package emphasizes fresh, local and ethically sourced ingredients, building on an established reputation. The onsite kitchen is considered large enough to handle all events. However, additional demand could be accommodated at the nearby off-site kitchen at Inn at the Forks.
About the design
The restaurant will feature raw concrete and neutral-tone walls as a backdrop to the colourful, large scaled “Planet Earth” ceiling feature. A glowing, back-lit, white acrylic wine-bottle display is the focus of the bar area. The open-concept display kitchen energizes and activates the dining experience.
Guests will have a variety of seating options – from long wooden communal tables to smaller group settings – to enhance their unique dining experience. Suspended wood ceilings and clay-coloured concrete flooring create warm natural elements in the space, complementing the Museum’s colour scheme and strong lines.