Redesigned space and menu will focus on hearty fare and craft beverages in a rich, charming and sociable atmosphere inspired by the brasseries and taverns of yesteryear.

The Berlin restaurant will close May 14

Kitchener, ON, April 30, 2018—Fans of modern gastropub fare, craft beers and signature cocktails will have a new restaurant to enjoy with the opening of The Rich Uncle Tavern ( in Kitchener, Ontario. The Rich Uncle Tavern will open on May 28th in place of The Berlin which, announced by the co-owners of Ignite Restaurant Group, will be closing its doors on May 14th.

The two-floor restaurant space in the heart of Downtown Kitchener will close for two weeks in May as it undergoes an expansive renovation to its design and decor, in preparation of the new restaurant opening.

“There’s a storied history engrained in Kitchener, and we really just wanted to make a place that honours the establishments that once lined our downtown streets, while also creating an enjoyable spot for anyone to indulge in delicious fare and craft beverages,” said Ryan Lloyd-Craig, co-owner of The Ignite Group, which owns Red Circle Brewing Co., Graffiti Market, and co-owns Red Circle Coffee Co. “We will forever have fond memories of our time as The Berlin and are grateful to every patron for their support in making it the culinary destination that it was.”
Continuing with Ignite Restaurant Group as the Executive Chef of The Rich Uncle Tavern, Benjamin Lillico will design an inventive menu built on hearty live-fire fare and shareable eats that pay homage to the brasseries and taverns of yesteryear.

“We’re all really excited to bring a fresh and inviting experience to the region,” said Chef Benjamin Lillico. “We’re eager to provide wholesome food developed with quality, Canadian ingredients and cannot wait to bring a convenient and unique staple to Downtown Kitchener and our surrounding communities.” Benjamin Lillico is one of the region’s top chefs with several awards and achievements under his belt. He was a recent recipient of the Top 30 Under 30 Award with the Ontario Hostelry Institute.
Defined by its humble approach to food and beverage, The Rich Uncle Tavern will feature a charming, “lived-in” ambience for patrons to gather with old friends and find some new ones.

Whether you’re partaking in a timely lunch at their bar, a crafted cocktail in the upstairs study, or a late-night bite in one of their booths, you’ll be able to experience a sociable atmosphere, curated beverages and delicious fare from the culinary team that will leave you sated.

The Rich Uncle Tavern. Look Back, Live Now, Think Forward.

About The Rich Uncle Tavern

Neighbourhood: Downtown Kitchener

Contact: 45 King St. W., 519-208-8555


Instagram : @richuncletavern

Owners: Ryan Lloyd-Craig, Neil Huber & Willy Huber

Executive Chef: Benjamin Lillico

About Ignite Restaurant Group

Ignite Restaurant Group is also excited to announce their next projects opening in early 2018: The Graffiti Market, Red Circle Brewing Co., and Red Circle Coffee Co. will cater to a variety of patron’s needs, including a sit-down restaurant, a convenient grab-and-go retail market, a microbrewery, and in-house cafe; all ventures have their home in the new Catalyst 137 Technology Hub (

Instagram : @igniterestaurantgroup

137 Glasgow Street, Suite 385, Kitchener, ON, N2G 4X8

Graffiti Market

Instagram : @thegraffitimarket

137 Glasgow Street, Suite 385, Kitchener, ON, N2G 4X8

Red Circle Brewing Co.

Instagram: @redcirclebrewing

137 Glasgow Street, Suite 385, Kitchener, ON, N2G 4X8

Red Circle Coffee Co.

Instagram : @redcirclecoffee

137 Glasgow Street, Suite 390, Kitchener, ON, N2G 4X8

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