Cory Douglas decided it was time to follow his dreams and start Ducky’s Diner, a welcoming and warm eatery along Highway 11-17 in Nipigon.
The restaurant is always evolving and Cory has been working hard to make Ducky’s a place that reflects the unique location, vibrant community and local flavours.
The Clearwater Clubhouse, Fried Chicken Sandwich and Bonfire Burger are a few of the offerings that bring customers back again and again.
“Personally, I think the Veggie Burger is underrated," Cory says. "I anticipate a few new favourites coming soon, one may be the Muck the Buck Burger — a portion of proceeds donated to the Nipigon Elks [hockey].”
Cory’s connection to the community is part of what has made Ducky’s an ongoing success, even through the perils of the COVID-19 restrictions.
The next stage for Ducky’s is acquiring their liquor licence, and Cory is considering a menu update.
“I say that with hesitation, as I tend to say we’re releasing a new menu and don’t," he says, adding factors like changes to product availability, costs, and customer interest can affect those plans.
"But the consensus and idea from my crew is, we design a menu of simple, yet elevated classic diner fare with weekly features, allowing us to be creative and keep things fresh and fun.”
The constant challenges of the restaurant industry require dedication and creativity.
“I’ve got several ideas, but for now, I’m going to focus on the food, the guests, the staff, and the things the warmer months will bring," he says. "We have a beautiful patio that we are very excited to use summer 2023.”
Ducky’s offers Brunch Saturday and Sunday and they post updates of their features on social media, mainly @duckysnipigon on Instagram.
Ducky’s Diner’s is highly reviewed and widely loved by locals as well as travellers passing though Nipigon. They have something for everyone from huge juicy burgers to hearty soups, healthy flavourful salads and of course, delectable desserts.
Their reputation for incredible food and friendly atmosphere has been earned through hard work and community connections.
Ducky’s Diner on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/duckysnipigon
Ducky’s on Instagram: @duckysnipigon