by Andrew Coppolino
This past February, the Galt neighbourhood was host to the cast and crew of the immensely popular television series The Haidmaid’s Tale as it returned to shoot on location in the city. The architecture in the historic downtown is a perfect setting for Canadian author Margaret Atwood’s dystopian story. The buildings, bridges and the river are also a perfect setting for the current re-development and re-generation that is taking place in the core of this area of Cambridge. New businesses have arrived and existing businesses have expanded, including EVO Kitchen which now resides in a new 7,200 sq-ft. location at 31 Water Street South.
It’s actually a very old and historic location – after a long period of extensive renovations, EVO Kitchen is in the former office of the Galt Knitting Company (now known as Tiger Brand). The building in fact dates to 1920. The move was the idea of brother and sister team Barry and Taryn Schwartzentruber who started the business in 2010 and since then have served thousands and thousands of box lunches to Waterloo Region businesses.
As customers embraced their concept of simple, healthy and customizable lunches, the EVO Kitchen grew, and they expanded their catering menu and offered takeout meals and private caterings. The company took an opportunity to grow and continues to look ahead, according to the business partners.
“We saw a diamond in the rough and the potential for a beautiful restaurant amidst the rubble and dust that sat in an old historic building,” says Barry Schwartzentruber.