Uptown Saint John would not be the uptown we know without Peter Stoddart. Peter is proprietor extraordinaire of the Saint John Ale House, and most recently the new Toro Taco in Market Square. Peter knows his stuff in regards to food and drink, and also is a huge cheerleader for all happenings uptown and in Saint John. Catch him weekly with his informative, and sometimes cheeky, recaps of what’s going on around town with the Ale House TV segments. Despite being a super busy man, he can often be found at the SJAH restaurant, with a friendly smile and always a few words of welcome. This guy goes the extra mile, and we appreciate beyond words what he adds to our uptown.
Let’s chat with Peter…
Where were you born/Where are you from?
Born in Mississauga March 16, 1976…moved quickly to Fredericton for a few years and have been in SJ since I was 3..I grew up on Windsor St on the west side of Saint John.
How long have you been a part of the uptown scene?
I got my first job at King Square Cinema when I was 16 and worked there til I hit university..and became a Bartender, then it was working various places uptown until I opened Cougars in 2002. SJAH opened in 2004, couple new concepts coming this fall/winter..stay tuned.
Name one or two people who you find inspirational?
Paul Grannan was a big influence in my hospitality/business career, I started working with him in March of 1999. I helped open and manage several of the restaurants in the Grannan Group back then and it really gave me a great understanding of the industry. He never got to see me open any of my projects, but I feel he would be proud.
What is your ultimate favorite snack food?
Charcuterie and any number of Cheeses (Blue, Brie, Gouda, Cheddar etc…) and of course sweet pickles and crispy crackers.
I have a Yellow Labrador Retriever named Jil, A Brittany named Brooke (Both hunting dogs) a black and white cat named Guinness…and three Barred Rock Chickens, which have influenced the next project we are working on..and will be revealed soon!
What is your Uptown Insider Tip?
Parking in Market Square underground heated and walking to anywhere..Harbour Station, Aquatic Centre, City Market, Hilton, Delta, Brunswick Square or even Saint John Ale House – The Pedway system is a dream we take for granted as many cities don’t offer this same great treat!!