Going out for dinner in St.Catharines? You may see some cool pics of the past

If you are going out for dinner in St.Catharines, you may get a glimpse of the past.

The city has teamed up with the St. Catharines Downtown Association to give local restaurant patrons something to ‘chew on’ while they are waiting for their food.

The St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre is using historical photos from the museum's collection and combined them into a series of booklets that will be available at local restaurants with the aim of creating some friendly banter during guests’ dining experience.

Dubbed, “Chew On This!”, the program offers another unique way the museum can share its photographic collection, while also aiming to inspire some dinner conversation, by offering diners the opportunity to flip through the book while waiting for their meal.

The program is presented by the museum and St. Catharines Economic Development and Tourism Services, in partnership with the St. Catharines Downtown Association.

The booklets are available to view at the following participating restaurants in downtown St. Catharines until March 31: East Izakaya, Wind Japanese and Thai, Dani's Bistro, Fiddler's Pour House and OLiV Tasting Room & Artisan Kitchen.

“With the recent revitalization of our downtown, people have taken an increasing interest in learning about the heritage of our city, its buildings, and how our community has changed over the years,” said Samir Husika, downtown development officer with St. Catharines Economic Development. “This project is a great way for both residents and newcomers to gain an understanding of just how much our community has evolved over the years while gaining an appreciation for its rich history.”