A craft winery and fresh food experience, Weinkeller has become a landmark restaurant in Niagara Falls, Canada. It is located at 5633 Victoria Avenue, one block east of Clifton Hill and right next door to the world famous Nightmares Fear Factory. With a customizable price fixed menu, fresh food, wine, coffee and more.
Chris Dobson (Owner/Operator)
In his own words: “Originally from Vancouver, B.C., I moved to Niagara Falls in 2008 to be near my wife’s family when our second son was born. ‘Happy wife...happy life!’
I have been in hospitality for over 20 years now. I have worked mostly in casual, fresh food restaurants, nightclubs, lounges and urban eateries, and am fortunate to have worked with some of the greatest industry leaders on Canada’s west coast.
I was a managing partner at Earls Restaurants (Penticton, B.C., 1990-1995), and give credit to the mentors who shaped who I am today, Alan Merriman and Patrick Munson. I was the general manager at the Roxy Vancouver (Vance Campbell and Brian Peers, Granville Entertainment) from 1998-2002.
I know how to fulfill the guest’s needs through indulgence, gratitude and attention to detail. There is nothing better than to see someone discover a new taste or sensation that they didn't expect. That look... when the eyes close and the guest almost appears to move in slow motion as they truly enjoy that first bite. There is nothing like it!”
In House Chef Robert Forster
I have been working in the restaurant industry since I was 19, starting as a dishwasher, and grew through the ranks from there, always happy to serve and making people enjoy their dining experience.
Mid way through my career, I had become Kitchen Manager, but I didn’t know how to do the simplest things like making a soup from scratch. So . . . I restarted my career as an apprentice and was completely focused, during my training, on how to create and cook to the best of my ability, focusing on flavour and the combinations there in.
One of the greatest feelings I get now is when I don’t even have to ask a table how their meal was, they look at me a say "that was the best thing I have ever eaten, from start to finish."
Oddly enough, I don’t think I have mastered the craft by any means and I keep pushing myself to ensure your dining experience will be the best ever.
“Do or do not, there is no try”