Thunder Bay's In Common

Unique menuitems created with local ingredients

Tara Lewis was one of the collective responsible for the very popular Growing Season. This success and that of other local establishments inspired Tara and her new partners, Mitch and Jason to create In Common, which can now be added to that ever-growing list of burgeoning gastro-pubs and newly invigorated restaurants. Thunder Bay has both greatly benefited from the Hipster movement that has taken over the Western world. It helps that our local restaurateurs and chefs have a great deal of sass and courage. 

“I was very motivated to return to the small resto-biz in a new way,” says Tara. Speaking of her partners, Mitch and Jason, Tara states, “We wanted to create a space and an experience that our community would find different, but also compliment the other businesses in downtown Port Arthur.”

What they have created at In Common is a casual community friendly, fully licensed, lunch and coffee/espresso shop. It’s a venue that is, dare I say it… hip.

In order to meet that qualification, the food combinations are likely nothing residents have tried before. The menu is in flux as of this writing, but you can order a variety of meats, cheeses, house-made pickles, chutneys, crackers and other delicious edibles, all for sharing. They are catering to vegetarians in a big way as well. There is locally brewed beer on tap and a selection of wines. And the service is excellent.

“It was our goal to offer a dynamic space for artists to share," Tara says. "We put effort into maintaining the open art space as well as functional and attractive art rails. Currently we are thrilled with Julie Cosgrove’s work, which particularly suits the space. We are very open to hosting events and welcome anyone to approach us. A variety of music, art and gatherings are in the works.”

They do plan to take advantage of the activity that is growing in the downtown north core by staying open at night. They have a bar at which you can have a late evening cappuccino or dessert, or both.

Do both.

In Common
40 S Cumberland, Thunder Bay, ON, P7B-2T5

About Duncan Weller

A writer and visual artist, Duncan Weller is a Governor General's Award winner who lives in Thunder Bay. You can visit his website at His latest two books are a novel, Flight of the Silk, and an expanded edition of the award-winning children's picture book, The Boy from the Sun.

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