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SMART BIZ Te eye of the Blind Tiger


January 2016 The door to opportunity in Manitoba Derek Gagnon


Irish-American beat cop in Te Untouchables; speakeasies commonly bring to mind an image of a dark setting where people go for a fun evening. Oh, and there’s probably a hidden door or secret knock to get in. While there was no mention of a secret knock at Blind


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Tiger Coffee Co, there was definitely a hidden door. Blind Ti- ger opened in South Osborne in early November, featuring a café front open during the day that’s hiding a speakeasy bar and restaurant in the back that opens for evening business. Located in the location of what used to be Bistro 7 ¼,


you’d have a difficult time recognizing the place anymore after the transformation completed through the guidance and vision of co-owner Jack Moslehi. Jack had the walls stripped down to the brick, the windows boarded up and opened up the space to allow for communal seating in the restaurant portion, all hidden by the inconspicuous café up front. “Speakeasies have been on trend for a while now, more


so in big cities,” said Jack. “Winnipeg didn’t have a true speakeasy as an offering.” Te idea to transform the space came to Jack the moment


he was first brought into the building. “I just thought that was such a cool thing. Obviously,


alcohol is no longer illegal, but that vibe and that experi- ence is still super cool.”


peakeasy. A word synonymous with the prohibition era, Al Capone, and Sean Connery’s attempt to portray an


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Blind Tiger opened in early November, and is Jack’s first


foray into the restaurant industry, with years of experience in the nightclub industry, owning numerous clubs and still holding a stake in 441 Main. “I’ve been so taken and so blessed, the response has


been incredible. Te neighbourhood and the people have been so welcoming, with people dropping by dur- ing construction telling me how excited they are to see something in the space again.”


Learning from others Jack has been able to use his connections from years


in the hospitality industry to form a partnership to own Blind Tiger. Noel Bernier of FB Hospitality and Chris Musto of 441 Main both have shares of Blind Tiger, and their combined experience makes the process easier. Jack also reached out to Nils Vik of Parlour Coffee to help make the café side of the business successful as well. Blind Tiger page 2


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