Kilt and Clover
|Kilt and Clover|
Kilt and Clover (December 2009)
|Food type||Pub Grub|
|Street address||17 Lock Street|
The Kilt and Clover is a restaurant and public house located at 17 Lock Street in Port Dalhousie, Ontario, a district within the City of St. Catharines, Ontario on the shores of Lake Ontario. It is known for its eccentricities, eclectic customers, and acts as a meeting place for the residents of Port Dalhousie, Ontario. In the summer months it is popular with tourists. The pub takes great pride in its motto of "Warm Beer & Lousy Food."
There is an Irish and Scottish theme to the pub and its staff members wear kilts while working. When a staff member leaves on good terms, his or her kilt is officially retired and displayed on the walls of the pub. Its patio is L-shaped and has a permanent awning on the north side of its building but is uncovered on its west side.
In August 2006, the Kilt and Clover was charged under the Smoke Free Ontario Act when by-law officers observed four patrons smoking cigarettes on the uncovered west side of its patio. The Niagara Regional Government and the Ontario Ministry of Health argued that if a roof covers part of a patio, smoking is prohibited on the entire patio. In July 2007, a justice of the peace ruled in favour of the Kilt and Clover. The decision was appealed to the Ontario Court of Justice in February 2008. In a precedent-setting case, Justice Ann Watson ruled the pub was not breaking the law by allowing smoking on an uncovered portion of its wraparound patio.
On March 29, 2010, the Ontario Government passed Regulation 48/06, revamping the application of the Smoke Free Ontario Act to specifically address the prohibition of tobacco smoking on covered and partially covered restaurant and bar patios. This statutory change has overtaken the case law made by the Kilt and Clover.
Every January, the Kilt and Clover hosts the International Chicken Chucking Championships. Billed as a bird-brain sporting contest, the community event raises money for local charities including the community food bank. In 2009, the 9th annual Chicken Chucking with 38 teams raised over $2000.00 for charity. In past years, teams have come as far away as the United States and Europe. The 2010 event was fowled with over $2,100.00 being raised for Hospice Niagara.
The act of chicken chucking consists of pitching or sliding frozen chickens along the ice covered Martindale Pond similar to curling and shuffleboard. After chicken chucking, the used frozen chickens are ground up and made into dog food.
- Walter, Karena (January 9, 2008) "Court hears appeal of patio smoking case", The St. Catharines Standard. Retrieved December 27, 2009.
- Walter, Karena (January 8, 2008) "Region, pub await ruling in smoking case", The St. Catharines Standard. Retrieved December 27, 2009.
- Walter, Karena (February 26, 2008) "Patrons can keep puffing on Port pub's patio; Region loses smoking appeal", The St. Catharines Standard. Retrieved December 27, 2009.
- "Ontario Government Regulation 48/06".,Retrieved June 9, 2010.
- Walter, Karena (January 17, 2009) "Time for a poultry-pitching party", The St. Catharines Standard. Retrieved December 27, 2009.
- Downs, Peter (January 26, 2009) "Chicken chuckers collect chunk of cash for charity", The St. Catharines Standard. Retrieved December 27, 2009.
- Van Dongen, Matthew (February 1, 2010) "Fowl play in Port", The St. Catharines Standard. Retrieved February 2, 2010.