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May. 27, 2018 | Sunday
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Chinese restaurant to replace Rooster
The former Little Red Rooster restaurant in Niagara-on-the-Lake. (Jer Houghton/Niagara Now)

Little Red Rooster in Niagara-on-the-Lake is being converted into a Chinese restaurant, expected to open in June.

The location will be the third Asian-style restaurant rolled out by Vintage Hotels in the last three years, including Niagara's Finest Thai and Masaki Sushi.

Though it is still unnamed, the restaurant will specialize in dim sum and Szechuan dishes.

"We started a few years ago, looking at Niagara-on-the-Lake and looking at the dining options, and realizing to ourselves that there's not a lot diversity in town," said Bob Jackson, chief executive officer of Vintage Hotels.

"So we took it upon ourselves to say, let's start doing things a little bit different."

Vintage Hotels took over the Little Red Rooster business almost two years ago with the intention of converting to a Chinese restaurant.

Little Red Rooster officially closed in March and moved its breakfast menu to Butler's Sports Bar and Grill, where Jackson said it has been quite busy and doing very well.

"We wanted to make sure the employees there were well taken care of," said Jackson.

"We know it was a popular breakfast spot for locals in town, and wanted to continue to provide something."

The Chinese restaurant is currently being designed, with most of the renovation work being done in the kitchen.

Jackson said the restaurant's first hire is a chef from Toronto, and Vintage Hotels will continue to look for more chefs from across Canada.

"The real important thing is to get the chefs right, because that's what these restaurants are all about," he said.

"It's just so when people come to visit Niagara-on-the-Lake, they will have a variety of diverse options, with this of course, being one of them."