Wednesday, April 25, 2012

353 - 357 Ellice Avenue

Former Manitoba Furniture Building
Place: 353 - 357 Ellice Avenue
353 - 357 Ellice Avenue (Map)
Opened: 1940

This building was constructed in 1940 as home to the Manitoba Furniture Company which specialized in inexpensive and used furniture. In 1983 the company was gone and the following year Carters Auction Gallery moved in.   

Later in the decade the main floor retail space was subdivided. In May 1988 Ohno Sadao, the former head chef at Ichi Ban Japanese Restaurant on Carlton, opened Edohei which featured Winnipeg’s first sushi bar. 

The retail space on the west side of the building became Global Video, then in the 2000s Mass’ Convenience. A private English as a second language school took up much of the office space above. 

Former Manitoba Furniture Building
In 2012 Sadao announced that he was retiring and closing the restaurant. Mass’ and the ESL school have also closed and the building is being renovated into a medial clinic and pharmacy.

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