Polo Restaurant at Turner’s Polish White Eagle Club prepares for one last dinner service before closing | Canberra weather

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When Adam and Fiona Veikkanen announced the closure of the Polo restaurant on Wednesday, they offered one last chance to pre-order their much-loved pierogi. In 90 minutes, everything was sold. This shows how popular the restaurant, which found its place within the Polish White Eagle Club, had become. That’s part of the reason the Canberra couple decided to spend a day on the Polo, with their last day of business on Friday. It’s true – COVID had put additional pressures on the business, as it did on the entire hospitality industry. However, the couple said the main reason for the decision was that the restaurant had outgrown the space. “It was something we had been thinking about for about a year. And it wasn’t that we wanted to end it. It was just that we had exhausted our options here,” Veikkanen said. The couple started running the restaurant in 2015, while the Polish White Eagle Club still ran the bar next door. It was the couple’s first venture into hospitality and they said they were grateful the Polish club had given them the chance to try it out. With Mr. Veikkanen taking over as chef and Ms. Veikkanen taking care of the business side of things, the couple had created a menu that managed to distinguish between traditional Polish flavors such as cheese and potato pierogi. earth, with more modern Australian flavors such as kangaroo. beetroot and rosehip pierogi. READ MORE: Besides being a way to experiment in the kitchen, another motivator for moving away from a completely traditional menu was the couple’s regard for sustainability. As well as using the more ethical kangaroo meat option, wild boar pierogi – made from wild-caught pigs in northern New South Wales – has also featured on the menu in the past. The good news is that the couple does not exclude the presence of pierogi in their future company. “Adam has finally come up with all these amazing recipes, so it would be a shame if they didn’t go anywhere, so we’ll see,” Ms Veikkanen said. “We’re going to take a while. We have lots of ideas. Lots of potential plans and we’ll be open to possible collaborations. We’re not sure yet. “It’s been an amazing opportunity and we loved the chance to meet so many great people and to be part of this amazing and diverse community. “Polo Restaurant is Canberra’s second favorite to announce its closure in recent weeks. Sammy’s Kitchen on Bunda Street closed on New Year’s Eve, but it’s Kingston foreshore is still open for business. Owners are also looking for another location to open a second restaurant. Our reporters work hard to bring local, up-to-date news to the community. That’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:


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