It all started with a receipt in the wall.
It turns out that this isn’t the first time The Fortune Block has been home to a restaurant. Back in the day, 232 Main Street was home to Winnipeg’s first restaurant with an electric refrigerator (gasp) and this little spot was affectionately known as “Electric Lunch No. 2” (one of a pair of locally owned restaurants). Details of these little gems would have been lost to history if it weren’t for a few fateful receipts that were discovered during renovations; receipts that would pave the way for the new Modern Electric Lunch.
The goal was to create a space where Winnipeggers and visitors alike could feel at home. The aforementioned receipts painted a picture of business lunches, pie by the slice and corned beef sandwiches. Although ‘tobaccos’ would no longer be for sale and slot machines would be off the premises (it’s true, one of the previous owners brought in a little extra income on the side ;) once the stories from this space came to light, it felt like the restaurant started to create itself. Almost as if Modern Electric Lunch wanted to come home to The Fortune Block.
Once the wheels were set in motion there was no going back. The menu became a love letter to comfort food and the favourites that leave you feeling nourished and cared for. The coffee became a crucial component; selected with utmost attention and care. The space became a reflection of our love for this city, and the wonderful people in it; approachable, warm and friendly.