Alycia's: Authentic Ukrainian Eats in the Iconic Royal Albert Arms
Back in 1977, a widow named Marion Staff opened a tiny two-seat Ukrainian restaurant called Alice’s in Winnipeg’s North End. Forty years, one name change, one move to Gimli, two owners and millions of perogies later, that very restaurant has returned home.
Now (and better) known as Alycia’s, the legendary diner reopened in the city’s historic Royal Albert Arms hotel this May.
Alycia’s return is good news for not only local foodies, but for the city itself.
Over the years, Marion’s little restaurant that could added 100+ seats, opened an in-store deli pickup, employed 30+ people, catered to thousands at the Kiev Pavilion at Folklorama and became a Winnipeg landmark. Even after Marion passed away (2004) and her grandson Aaron Blanchard reopened the restaurant in Gimli (2016), locals flocked to the new location for its friendly service, traditional recipes and authentic homemade meals.
With combos like the North End Special (a cup of borscht, six perogies, four pieces of kielbassa, two cabbage rolls, coleslaw, mushroom gravy and sour cream), who can blame them?
But even though Alycia’s is best known for their Ukrainian staples (especially those to-die-for perogies), don’t sleep on the rest of their menu. We’re talking potato pancakes, perishky (sauerkraut mini buns), pickled herring, hamburger steaks and drool-worthy ribs.
Oh, and a perogy poutine that will pretty much blow your mind. Rest assured that no matter what you order, it will be made in-house, with the freshest of ingredients and a whole lotta love.
It is, after all, still in the family. Now under the ownership of Colleen Swifte (Aaron’s mother-in-law), Marion’s legacy will live on in the Exchange District’s iconic Royal Albert Arms hotel, which is best remembered for its glory days as a live music venue. The new restaurant will be fully licensed and serve up a daily Ukrainian lunch buffet.
Jaxon Blanchard, great grandson of Alycia’s founder Marion Staff, is among Winnipeg’s new generation of perogy lovers.
Best of all, Alycia’s shows their love for our city by giving We Heart Winnipeg cardholders a free order of perishky (three sauerkraut mini buns) with any individual purchase of $15 or more.
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