The Hoito restaurant located in Thunder Bay, Ontario had to close its doors during Covid year, but great news, it will reopen next summer!
This iconic Finnish Canadian restaurant was founded in 1918 and it has been in the same spot ever since. It is located in Thunder Bay, Algoma District, in the basement of Finnish Labour Temple.
The restaurant filed for bankruptcy in 2020 and developer Brad McKinnon purchased the entire building. The restaurant in the lowest level was one of the reasons why McKinnon was interested in the building for the first place. He is planning to convert parts of the building to condominiums, but Hoito gets to stay where it is.
McKinnon has signed a lease with Finlandia Co-Operative, and this will ensure that The Hoito will be restored back into functioning local eatery during 2022.
Saku Pinta, one of the Finlandia Co-Operative Board Members is part of the revival project of Hoito. He mentioned in an interview done by CBC that the new menu of the Hoito will be a good mix of new and old. But nothing to worry about, the famous thin pancakes will stay on the menu, for sure.
Good Luck, Hoito! And if you get to visit Ontario during next year, please eat at the Hoito to support them and keeping Finnish heritage alive all around the world.