HISTORY OF THE BLUEBIRD
Located in the heart of Orangeville’s downtown core, The Bluebird Café and Grill originated in 1982 from a natural food store owned by Jennifer Grant. Jennifer had a deep desire to open a little healthy eatery in conjunction with her retail operation. When the unit beside her store on Broadway became available, she leapt at the opportunity. “The Bluebird Café” name was inspired by a local regular and friend who had been a driving force in re-populating the Eastern Bluebird in our county. The bluebird box program was initiated to bring the bluebird numbers back up to a healthy presence.
The Bluebird Café was originally an unlicensed, pure vegetarian eatery but quickly broadened its fare. Jennifer sold the business a few years later but the Bluebird tradition of healthy, whole food was continued and expanded to include some Italian cuisine.
In 1989 the business changed hands again and officially became The Bluebird Café and Grill and evolved one more time. Most recently in 2019, husband and wife Michelle and Rick Arsenault, locals of Orangeville since 2006 and long-time hospitality professionals purchased the business and continue its standing traditions.
“The Bluebird was the first restaurant we dined at when we moved to Orangeville and it remained our favourite ever since. We always said if the opportunity to purchase it ever arose, we would jump on it. We did not want to see anything happen to a staple of our community.”
The Bluebird Café and Grill is a staple of the Dufferin County dining scene. We are honoured to be a part of many celebrations and special moments with our guests. Our warm and charming atmosphere makes us an ideal spot for lunches and dinners that are prepared in-house and fresh to order. Our convenient Take-Out kitchen allows you the option to experience Bluebird dining at home too.
Our menu includes delicious Italian specialties as well as our pizzas that are cooked in a custom-made wood-fire oven in the centre of our kitchen. We only use Double 00 flour imported from Italy. Our grill features melt-in-your-mouth Certified Angus Beef hand cut specifically for us and only the freshest, most flavourful seafood around.
Our chefs are extremely creative, passionate professionals and come up with features daily that you won't find on our menu.
Whether you are dining with us or in the comfort of your home, we pride ourselves on offering a culinary and hospitality experience and we invite you on a journey with us to discover The Bluebird difference.
We look forward to having you join us!
Michelle and Rick Arsenault