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Nice suprise: owner Katerina Smith at Little Kitchen by Nonna’s in Bermudiana Arcade (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

Nonna’s has opened a new take-out restaurant in the heart of Hamilton.

Little Kitchen by Nonna’s offers breakfast and lunch six days a week from its location on the second floor of Bermudiana Arcade on Queen Street. The eatery is in the spot formerly occupied by Fryday’s.

Owner Katerina Smith said a six-year search for a commercial-sized kitchen to accommodate the company’s growing needs ended when they discovered the Bermudiana Arcade venue.

She added: “When we found this kitchen, we renovated it and decided that, while we are here, we would open up a little shop, too.

“We took a display window and turned it into a full-size take-out shop.”

With the new kitchen, Ms Smith said, the goal is to grow the catering portion of the business from its current one-third share.

Little Kitchen by Nonna’s adds to the original Nonna’s Kitchen on Bermudiana Road in Hamilton, another spot on South Road in Smith’s, and the ESCpresso Café on Mill Creek Road in Pembroke, which is managed by Nonna’s.

The new location now serves as the preparation kitchen for food offered at the other venues. Little Kitchen took on one former Fryday’s staff member, and has also hired an assistant manager.

The organisation is looking to hire more chefs – and, later this year, expects to hire a barista, a driver, and an additional cashier.

Ms Smith said the owners and tenants of Bermudiana Arcade have greeted their new neighbours’ healthy food options enthusiastically, as have customers who have discovered Little Kitchen since its soft opening during the Easter school break.

She added: “People are nicely surprised to see that we are here.”

Breakfast offerings include oatmeal, omelettes, pastries, bagels, and breakfast platters, wraps and sandwiches, plus gluten-free breads including cornbread, and the traditional Bulgarian breakfast dish banitza, a puff pastry with scrambled eggs, feta cheese and spinach.

At lunch, the menu includes soups, pies, hot dishes, vegan dishes and pastas that change daily – plus sandwiches, wraps, salads, chili and cornbread.

There are also vegan and gluten-free options, Ms Smith said. Hot and cold drinks are available, including milkshakes and smoothies.

Little Kitchen by Nonna’s is open Monday through Saturday from 7am until 5pm. Breakfast is available all day, while lunch is served from 11am onwards.

Ms Smith said Little Kitchen will begin opening for dinner later this year.

Little Kitchen is on the Sargasso Sea app, and items can also be ordered via the Nonna’s website for pick-up or delivery.

Ms Smith said: “At Nonna’s Kitchen on Bermudiana Road, a huge number of customers call in advance before they leave the house.”

She added that Nonna’s can create meal plans. provide dinner packages for the whole week, and also offers cooking classes for kids.

Assistant manager: Ben Mosquito of Little Kitchen by Nonna’s, the in Bermudiana Arcade (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

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Published May 01, 2023 at 7:43 am (Updated May 02, 2023 at 7:30 am)

Big move for Nonna’s Little Kitchen

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