On Monday the Winnipeg Free Press carried a story about the closing of The Windmill Restaurant. It is right across the street from the MCC Thrift store where I volunteer and so I’ve had lunch there several times.
It might be the juke boxes, the formica tables or the red vinyl leather booth seats …
it might be the bar stools or old-fashioned milk shake machine…
but when you step into the friendly atmosphere at the Windmill Restaurant at 518 Selkirk Avenue you’ll think you’re back in the 1950s.
The menu is basic and economical. The perogies are to die for but when I visited I usually opted for a hearty homemade soup and toasted tomato sandwich.
The decor is kitschy a display of Mexican sombreros
A hand carved welcome plaqueand this fellow guarding the salad menu.
A mural painted on the side of the restaurant gives a glimpse of a street car and Selkirk Avenue’s glory days in the 1930s -1950sand another mural takes us back even further to the late 1800s and ox cart days. Scenes from the movies Capote and Shall We Dance were filmed in the Windmill. How’s that for a claim to fame? The restaurant has hosted the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Richard Gere, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Catherine Keener. The Windmill Restaurant offered a blast from the past along with good food. Many people will be sad to see its doors close.