The COVID-19 pandemic has been brutal for the restaurant industry. While several restaurants had to close, Agi Guna decided to open his new restaurant on the main street of Stouffville in November.
Restaurant, AGI Cuisine and Wine, is named after him and is located at 6146 Main Street, next to the Red Bulb Espresso bar.
Opening a restaurant has been a long time coming for Guna, who has worked in the restaurant industry for 18 years. He has spent the previous seven years serving the Stouffville community as the chef at one of the city’s most popular restaurants.
“I wanted to do something on my own,” Guna said. “It’s a difficult time. I know this place is a beautiful place. People know the place is a restaurant.
Guna described his restaurant as fine Mediterranean-style cuisine specializing in seafood, meat and vegetarian options.
“I want to do more seafood,” he said. “I want to serve good food to the customer because people already know my food.”
AGI’s menu offers a wide range of seafood, including pan-seared cod, pan-seared salmon, grilled seafood platter, seafood linguine, and Spanish rice.
If that doesn’t appeal to you, there’s chicken, steak, burgers, and appetizers on hand.
“Everything we make here is homemade,” said Guna. “My restaurant is more gourmet.”
One of the challenges with a fine dining restaurant during the pandemic is that it’s not people’s favorite food to order through take-out. While Guna was making take out, he was happy to be able to open the restaurant doors again to allow customers to eat there. “I hope in the future I will be busier and get more business,” he said.
Since Guna started his business during the pandemic, he said government assistance was very limited. That being said, he looks forward to warming temperatures, when people can eat inside and out. “I know it’s a few months of wrestling but I know I’m going to get there,” Guna said. “People know I serve good food.”
Agi Cuisine and Wine
Site: 6146 Main Street, Stouffville
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