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For over 18 years, Cheryl has been 'wowing' the residents of Chatham-Kent with her natural ability to create innovative and delicious dishes from scratch.


Cheryl grew up on a farm in Wabash with her 7 siblings, learning from a young age to value the land for its fresh produce. Her mother taught the children how to work together canning jams, jellies, pickles and more.


From the moment she found herself in the restaurant business at the age of 15, Cheryl knew it was her calling. She worked her way up the ladder from waitress to cook to manager to owner, learning the ins and outs of the business first-hand.

In addition to her love for food, Cheryl found Bruce McInerney, who was once a bartender and cook in Montreal.


Since then, Bruce has become quite the wine connoisseur and is known for making the best Caesar in town. Together, they make the perfect team - with Cheryl as the expert in the kitchen and Bruce as the expert behind the bar.

Bruce and Cheryl owned the Natural Food Emporium for 7 years, where they specialized in homemade chicken salad, veggie pitas, wraps, salads and dressings, soups and lasagna. This restaurant was so successful, its menu became Zee's Bistro's lunch menu, offering Chatham-Kent the best of the Food Emporium and a new experience in casual fine dining. As a team, Bruce and Cheryl continue to provide a friendly and comfortable dining experience - one that you will want to repeat many times.


Zee's Bistro is a small, 32-seat, full-service dining establishment in the cozy town of Chatham, Ontario. The name "Zee's" was chosen to honour the memory of Bruce's mother, Zeona, who was a fabulous cook and left behind some of her favorite recipes, such as the three-layer chocolate cake and the fudgy brownies that can be found on the dessert menu. 


Zee's is particularly unique in the fact that it is one venue with two menus. By day, Zee's serves fresh Panini's, wraps, salads and soups. For dinner, the restaurant transforms as the chandeliers dim, the linens are draped across the tables, and the candles are lit. The dinner menu offers fine dining choices, such as AAA filet mignon, rack of lamb,Fresh in-house made pasta and other specials.


Bruce and Cheryl are firmly committed to providing the freshest and best-tasting food in Southern Ontario while supporting their local economy and community:


  • Bruce and Cheryl source produce and ingredients from a local organic farmer and offer a selection of fine wines from local wineries.


  • With little storage space, all orders are prepared fresh right down to cracking the egg for an Egg Salad Sandwich.


  • Soups and quiches are made from scratch and prepared daily.


  • The honey Dijon, balsamic, Caesar, Greek and cider vinaigrette salad dressings are all made in-house.


Service and quality are important to Bruce and Cheryl; therefore, they use only the best quality ingredients without the use MSG or preservatives. Their friendly and knowledgeable staff will help to make your visit a memorable one.

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