Award Winning!

Left to Right, Karen Senecal, Business Development & Investment Manager- CDC , Shayne Bell, Brandi Bell, and Dan Friyia, Executive Director - CDC

Ember’s Grill & Smokehouse has been awarded the Member’s Choice award, an award given out annually by the Ontario Association of Community Futures Development Corporations (OACFDC). The business was chosen from several nominees, all successful businesses/projects that have received support from their local CFDC. In addition to a trophy, a prize was provided by the award sponsor, Sharon Wilson – “The Benefits Lady”.

Shayne and Brandi Bell established Ember’s Grill & Smokehouse, the Sault’s first authentic smokehouse in 2011. The Bells have been clients of the Community Development Corporation of Sault Ste. Marie & Area (CDC) since the planning stages of the business. Shayne was a participant of the Ontario Self Employment Benefit Program, delivered by the CDC. They utilized other supports available through the CDC including business counselling as well as a loan to complete the start up financing package.

Shayne & Brandi attribute their success to the team’s focus on providing a quality experience. Shayne adds, “Here at Embers, we pride ourselves on the quality of our food and service. To ensure we are providing our guests with the freshest food, we purchase products from local farmers at every possible opportunity. Our goal is to provide a high quality experience to all of our customers.”

In addition to being awarded the OACFDC’s Members Choice Award, Embers Grill & Smokehouse was also rated as one of the top restaurants in Sault Ste. Marie, according to Tripadvisor and recently received a 2015 Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence.

The Bells have recently purchased a building in the downtown core and Ember’s will be moving to its new location in the coming months. The CDC of Sault Ste. Marie & Area wishes to congratulate Shayne and Brandi on this award and wish them continued success.