Entering the restaurant these days, it would be hard to remember it was once a Wild Thyme.
The six-month rebuilding process was not simply a restoration like replacing a divot on a golf course; it was a total ground scraping to supplant everything: bar, grill, ovens, patio fire pit, private dining room and rest rooms.
For ornament, there’s a genuine outrigger canoe dangling from the ceiling, surfboards and paddles embracing the rafters and bamboo-framed photo murals and paintings climbing the walls.
For regulars disaffected by Wild Thyme’s demise, the partners have moved some of the baking gear and pie recipes over to the Shaker facilities. The baking stead has been transformed into a shivering room, where some 12 tap beer tanks are kept at a guaranteed temperature of 38 degrees — the ideal chill that American beer drinkers crave but seldom get.
Patch Asks: Have you been to The Canoe House? How does it compare to Wild Thyme? What's your favorite menu item?