Former Amherst restaurant to get new lease on life

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Cinders property purchased by Smith-McCrossin

An old restaurant in downtown Amherst has a new owner. The former Cinders Steakhouse on Victoria Street has been purchased by Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin, who owns Damaris Spa and Wellness Centre.

Cinders Steakhouse has been purchased by the owner of Damaris Spa and Wellness Centre. Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin says a local and organic food store will be located there along with Simply For Life and some of the counselling services presently located at Damaris. It's believed the Art of Eating Deli could be moving there as well.

AMHERST – An old restaurant in downtown Amherst has a new owner.

The former Cinders Steakhouse on Victoria Street has been purchased by Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin, who owns Damaris Spa and Wellness Centre.

"I am opening a local and organic food store and moving Simply For Life there from Damaris," Smith-McCrossin said. "We are also moving some of the counselling services from Damaris to that location."

Smith-McCrossin said she needs more space at Damaris and by moving Simply for Life and some of the counselling services to the new location it will free up more space to grow Damaris.

It's also believed the Art of Eating Deli will be moving to the Cinders location as well.

"I am developing a new business call My Maritime Market which is a local and organic food store online so my storefront here will be a nice add on," she said.

Cinders has held many names over the years, but closed several years ago and has sat idle since. Its reopening will fill one of the last vacant spaces in the downtown core.

The Cumberland African Nova Scotian Association is expanding into the former Pugsley's Pharmacy on the corner of Church and Victoria and the town is looking for a buyer for the former police station and Bank of Montreal building on the corner of LaPlanche and Victoria.

Organizations: Eating Deli, Maritime Market, Cumberland African Nova Scotian Association Bank of Montreal

Geographic location: Amherst, Victoria Street, LaPlanche

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  • Terri Hope-Tooley
    September 12, 2013 - 18:51

    It's nice to see something going in there. (Not to mention something useful!) Way to go Elizabeth!

  • Skippy
    September 10, 2013 - 07:36

    "Its opening will fill one of the last vacant spaces in the downtown core" This is great news! And ya know something else? It's getting harder and harder to swallow the doom and gloom of the PCs and Liberals. Anyone remember Chicken Little????? Whether we want to admit it or not, things are better here than they were in 2009. Don't believe it? Use Google Streetview to take a look at what Victoria Street between Church and Acadia looked like in August of '09, two months after the NDP were elected. The images speak for themselves, Amherst is doing quite well. Like it or not, Skabar and this government have been good for us. Could they be better? Sure, absolutely. Have they made some bad decisions? Sure, more than a few. But on balance, things are better around here than they were 4 years ago. Sorry Chicken Little, but the sky is NOT falling.

  • sara
    September 09, 2013 - 16:37

    dear amherst daily there should be a comic book store where cinders was. Sara