CIRCA:Gainer Block


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Before this impressive brick building stood on this spot John Gainer started his butcher shop in a wood frame building here and quickly became one of the most successful meatpacking companies in Western Canada. The phrase "more guts than Gainer's" was part of the local Edmonton lexicon for three generations. This building is now owned by the Old Strathcona Foundation and after extensive renovations in the early 1980's it was leased to Hanratty's Catering which was one of the first fancy restaurants in the area where patrons could dine on exotic dishes like pumpkin soup. This restaurant was constantly packed with hungry customers.

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