Given what it is today, it’s hard to believe Captain Ken’s Diner & Pub was originally a billiard hall and smoke shop! When Ken Cowan was 13, he asked family friend Mark Trottier for a job. Soon, Ken was managing the establishment.
When it was still a billiard hall, Ken would make hamburgers and hot dogs at home to sell to the patrons. At 17, he bought the building and the business – and immediately introduced food service by investing in a fryer, grill, and everything needed to make a great restaurant! Captain Ken’s Diner & Pub has been a mainstay in downtown Penetanguishene since 1976!
When talking to community members about Captain Ken’s Diner & Pub, many locals instantly bring up a longtime staple of the menu: their famous Fish and Chips. The staff batter the fish in-house and then pan fry it right before you eat it to ensure it is fresh and delicious.
Although Captain Ken’s focuses on Georgian Bay Pickerel, they also serve up Halibut, Cod, and Pollock, so you’re in luck no matter what fish you like best! They also provide Southern Georgian Bay with homemade burgers, fries, and an incredible breakfast with all the classics like Omelettes, Pancakes, and more.
Sadly, Ken Cowan passed earlier this year. It was a loss for not only his family and friends but for our entire community. The restaurant is still open, run by Ken’s daughter, Katie, with help from staff like Liz, who worked for Ken for many years.
Captain Ken’s is located at 70 Main St in Penetanguishene and is open 6 days a week, Tuesday to Sunday. It is currently closed on Mondays.
Now for some Chamber employee recommendations:
Melonee fondly remarks that the Canadian classic poutine from Captain Ken’s is “so so good.”
Jenna is always ready for a simple Cheese Omelette from Captain Ken’s because it’s “incredibly cheesy and satisfying, but not heavy.”