Grand Opening, #GrandClosing


MEDIA RELEASE – Wednesday, September 5, 2018

On the eve of their 9-year anniversary, Phil DeWar, owner of Soulyve Caribbean Kitchen and pillar in the downtown Orangeville community, has announced that the award-winning restaurant will be closing its doors on December 31st, 2018. 

“It’s been a heck of a ride,” says DeWar.  "We absolutely love being part of this community and helping make Orangeville and the entire Headwaters region a culinary destination. I am extremely proud of what we have accomplished. Our lease is expiring at the end of the year, and now feels like the time to move on.” 

DeWar privately made the announcement to staff, noting that the success of Soulyve was just as much theirs as his own. “We’ve had the blessing of building a successful business in a community that has embraced our vision. I couldn’t be prouder of what we have all built together,” says DeWar.

Since first opening its doors in 2009, Soulyve has been instrumental in transforming the culinary landscape in the Orangeville area; participating in community activities, festivals and events. A highlight being their appearance on The Food Network’s You Gotta Eat Here! 

Over the next few months the affectionately known Soulyve Crew look forward to celebrating their #GrandClosing with you! DeWar insists, “We want this to be a positive thing. We are excited for the next chapter in our lives, and we want to end on a high note.”

Mr. DeWar is unsure of what exactly comes next, but looks forward to investing more time with his family, who have supported him unconditionally while establishing Soulyve. No matter what the future holds, Mr. DeWar says, “Orangeville is my home, and I look forward to continuing to celebrate this wonderful town.”

For full details about the #GrandClosing festivities that will take place between now and December 31st, be sure to follow Soulyve at and


Valentine's Day Menu Returns

After all the great feedback we received, we're running our Valentine's Day menu once more this Friday (February 27th) for those who weren't able to make it out on Tuesday! Give us a shout ahead of time to reserve,  and let us know you'd like to go with the special menu and we'll have your table set for you! These pictures should get your tummy rumbling! 

Join the A's and help fight breast cancer

ooking for something to do this weekend? How about enjoying some great basketball AND supporting a great cause? This Friday and Saturday night the Orangeville A's will be hosting Youth Sports Night and Pink Night! Raising money for breast cancer.. it's win-win and when the A's go back-to-back that will be a win-win too! And remember, if they score over 100 points in either game bring your ticket in the next day (or Monday) for a free app with purchase of entree.

Suds were flowing at second-annual Brewzapalooza in Orangeville

Take some barley, hops, a few other ingredients, and mix it all together under the skillful supervision of a brewmaster and you’ve got beer. Add a few hundred revellers and several craft breweries and you’ve got Brewzapalooza.

The second annual event got under way on Mill Street in Orangeville last Saturday, January 14, with over 500 beer enthusiasts turning out at the sold-out event to sample the flavours of craft brewers from around the province.

Participants included the Hockley Valley Brewing company, Elora Brewing, Beaus, Muskoka Brewery, Side Launch, Cowbell, and the Caledon Hills Brewing Co.

This year’s line-up also added Pommies Cidery from Caledon and Murphy’s Law Distillery, from Elmira.

Murphy’s Law specializes in Moonshine-style beverages produced from local ingredients.

The event was organized by Brews and Entertainment. Organizers Julie Thurgood, Ryan Latorre, and Mike Beattie, said the winter timing for the event has proved to be very popular.

Tickets were sold out several days in advance.

“We have 12 breweries and distilleries in total,” Mr. Latorre explained. “We also have the Lions Club helping out with food. It’s a craft beer festival. There’s a ton of beer festivals in the summer so we wanted to do a winter one. Last year we were able to have a lot of walk-in traffic. This year we sold three times the amount of tickets we sold last year – in advance. People were into it last year and they kept asking when the next one was. Tickets are $1.25 each. You get a mug. One ticket will get you a sample, you get a full beer for $3.75.”

The event got under way at noon and ran until 11:00 p.m., with most of the patrons arriving later in the day.

A band played in the parking lot of Soulyve Caribbean Kitchen and Soulyve featured an ice bar that was carved from blocks of ice.

“It’s good for local restaurants,” Ms. Thurgood said of the tasting event. “People will start requesting these types of beers after trying them here rather than taking the risk of having beers that no one will order.”

It may have been a typical frigid January day, but considering the enthusiasm from visitors to the event, it’s never too cold to enjoy a cold one.

Story courtesy of Orangeville Citizen