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Hoito Restaurant

If you ask directions to the Hoito Restaurant you may get a variety of answers. You could be told it's in the Finnish Labour Temple. Someone else might say it's in the Finnish Heritage building. As it turns out, they are the same place but with different names. This historic building was completed in 1910 at 314 Bay Street in the Finnish part of town and was initially used by the Työkansa Finnish Publishing Co. and the Finnish Society Restaurant.

In 1918 the Hoito Restaurant was established in the lower part of the building to offer hearty meals at low prices to the Finnish bushworkers. Until the 1970s most of the patrons purchased meal tickets or paid the flat rate for all they could eat at large communal dining tables. In the 1930s the cost of dinner at these tables was 25 cents, in the 1960s it was $1.00. Today you will find that the Hoito is a café style restaurant with individual tables and home-style food, including many Finnish dishes.

When listening to the background conversations and perusing the menu items, one might easily assume they had travelled to Finland when dining at Hoito Restaurant. Besides the area's Finnish people, who still frequent this restaurant, it has become a popular meeting spot for people from all walks of life, both local and visitors alike.

Don't leave without trying the Finnish pancakes. This eating spot is definitely a Thunder Bay landmark.

Address: 314 Bay St
Thunder Bay, ON P7B 1S1
Tel: (807) 345-6323


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