The newly opened restaurant and pub, the Newfoundland Embassy, pays homage to its historic location with the revival of Lar Crocker’s custard cones.
However, when 91-year-old Winnie Crocker showed up to serve cones yesterday, she brought a token of the past with her as a gift to the new owners.
Well-known musician and co-owner of the Embassy, Chris Andrews, says he wanted to preserve the wooden building where Lar’s Fruit Mart was located and make it a place to showcase the province’s culture. The restaurant has a brightly-painted suite off the dining room, with a separate entrance. The area is dedicated to serving up the creamy treat that had become synonymous with the location.
The grand opening of the Pub/Restaurant, the Newfoundland Embassy.
Mrs Winnie Crocker ( Lars wife) who is 91 years old is going to serve Mayor Danny Breen the first official cone. @VOCMNEWS pic.twitter.com/eTTN91ZkTS
— Gerri Lynn Mackey (@GerriLynnMackey) October 11, 2018
Excitement and nostalgia were at fever pitch yesterday as former co-owner of the Fruit Mart, 91-year-old Winnie Crocker, stopped by to serve up cones for the first time in 15 years.
Crocker brought a keepsake with her, as a token of her appreciation, for reviving the cherished tradition. She says her late husband Lar took great pride in his apron, and she is pleased that it will find a comfortable home at the Embassy.
Crocker says if Lar had a spot on it, he would likely swap it for a fresh one. She feels honoured that the new inhabitants of the building plan to hang it prominently in the restaurant.