Every now and then a story comes along that warms the heart. This is one of those irresistible stories and it has a surprisingly touching community and social media connection, too.
This past August, John and Chrissy Watson opened Watson’s Bistro – a small, independent, “mom and pop” operation, located on Highway 2 east of Kingston at the foot of Abby Dawn Road, just before the Treasure Island Marina.
Between them, the Watsons have more than eight decades of experience in the restaurant industry. In Chrissy’s case, she started waitressing at age 16 and now, just shy of 40 years later, she’s gone from the front of the house to the back. She’s the very talented and capable cook at Watson’s Bistro. John, who started working in a restaurant when he was 17 years old, has 48 years of experience – cooking in and managing a variety of restaurants. At Watson’s, he’s the front of house staff member – greeting and serving customers – a job he is clearly comfortable with. Daughter Becky Hartmann drives in from Amherstview to help out as needed. This is a true, old-fashioned family business.