Wagon Wheel Lunch, Dec 14 2011

Winnipeg’s famous Wagon Wheel Lunch has been around since the 1950’s.

In 1958 Louis Mathez’ father and uncle bought it and Louis worked there until his death in Feb 2010.

Then it was taken over by Fran Gomez, one of Louis’ employees.

The building is not exactly an architectural gem but the seats in the diner are well worn and the grill is irreplaceable.

Click HERE for the BreakfastWinnipeg.com article

The corner of Portage Ave and Hargrave, Winnipeg





The Norlyn Building, Winnipeg

 In Sept 2012 they started knocking down the Norlyn building…

Demolition if the Building the Wagon Wheel was in. Winnipeg Sept 2012







Many Winnipeg buildings in the downtown block within Portage, Hargrave, Ellice and Donald are being torn down. Sept 2012


The Wagon Wheel Lunch, 305 Hargrave, Winnipeg Dec 2011
The Norlyn building, December 2011, Winnipeg


The Wagon Wheel Lunch, 305 Hargrave, Winnipeg, home of the Clubhouse





the famous Winnipeg Wagon Wheel Clubhouse sandwich


Mike Maryniuk (doing a doc about the Wagon Wheel) and Marissa


Cash only!



excellent vintage thermostat (mercoid coil)



Fran busy in the kitchen. Notice the very very old wooden freezer/ fridge


The Grill where Louis Matthez worked for 50 years













Shelves built to hold pies. Amazing!


Louis’ old hats


bacon! In a pile on the grill!











vintage diner booths








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Click here to see the bigger photo. Free Press Nov 9 2011 Wagon Wheel

Winnipeg Free Press – PRINT EDITION

Wagon Wheel’s days could be few

Forced to relocate, owner considers closing iconic downtown diner

By: Geoff Kirbyson

Posted: 11/9/2011 1:00 AM

WAYNE GLOWACKI / WINNIPEG FREEPRESS archives<br /> Franny Gomez: Wagon Wheel proprietor

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WAYNE GLOWACKI / WINNIPEG FREEPRESS archives Franny Gomez: Wagon Wheel proprietor

“Winnipeg’s favourite clubhouse sandwich is on the endangered species list and could become extinct early in the new year.

The Wagon Wheel Lunch restaurant has operated out of the Norlyn Building since 1958, but it has to move out by March. That’s when the Hargrave Street structure will meet with the wrecking ball as part of the downtown Winnipeg SHED (sports hospitality and entertainment district) plans.

The extensive revitalization blueprints include the construction of a new hotel, a parkade, new office and retail space and a central meeting place over the next few years. There is no firm cost estimate on the massive project, but insiders say it will run well into the “hundreds of millions” of dollars.

Franny Gomez, who took over the Winnipeg culinary institution last year after the death of longtime owner Louis Mathez, said she’s unsure whether she can afford to keep it running.

“I’m still undecided. Do I continue or do I just quit? I know (potential sites) out there are expensive. It’s very hard to afford to move (the restaurant) somewhere else. I’ve been shopping around but I haven’t found anything yet,” she said.

“It’s a possibility that we could shut down.”

Ross McGowan, president and CEO of CentreVenture, the downtown Winnipeg development agency, said he’s working to make sure that doesn’t happen. He said the Wagon Wheel is the only tenant in the Norlyn Building he’s worried about because of its longevity and place in the city’s restaurant history.”


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