Having the elementary and high school located so close to the sports centre means Poppy Dan’s sees a steady stream of student regulars, but he also feeds a lot of busy professionals who swing by after calling in their order from his standard menu, or checking the daily specials on his Facebook page.
Menu items vary, but the standard fare focuses on appealing to his student base, who tend to want typical fried foods. Still, Dan likes to offer alternatives for the more health conscious, including soups, wraps and sandwiches. The daily specials tend to revolve around whatever he feels like making that day, but he’s flexible, saying, “If someone has a request and I have the ingredients, I’ll make it for them.”
Even the weekends keep him hopping. Parents with kids involved in hockey, skating, or swimming come looking for hot breakfasts. In the afternoons, his homemade pea soup and bread rolls have become quite popular with the locals, and he can easily go through three large pots of tasty soup and well over 100 handmade rolls.
He does have help, though — one full-time and five part-time staff pitch in when things get hectic, like when the Bruce II hosts special events in the evening, like hockey or curling tournaments. As if that weren’t enough, he’s already taking bookings for weddings this summer.