Visitors are warmly welcomed by owners Zenaida and Glenn upon entering Z & G’s Specialty Fusion Cuisine Restaurant—a space full of exciting aroma and gentleness in the heart of Summerside. Be seated, enjoy, and relax in the “minimalistic interior of the restaurant.” It is beautiful.
“Our food is not Asian, we are not an Indian Restaurant. We are a melting pot of different cuisines. We offer Canadian dishes and an Italian pasta as well. Our blend of different spices and flavours merge to create a unique taste experience,” explains Zen.
Glenn’s background includes hotel management and catering, and for the last 15 years, he was involved in aviation and hospitality at Dubai airports. Zen brings with her a passion for hospitality, organization of events and conferences, networking and PR.
PEI is a far cry from the busyness of Dubai. Zen shares, ”We were so busy, we were chasing the stars. Our children had always wanted a Canadian education, so in November of 2018 on the advice of a friend, we came to PEI to look around and fell in love with the beauty of the Island. We looked at several houses while here, and then we were shown this particular house, the last one for the day. Again, we fell in love. We talked it over on the flight home, called the realtor and booked the house! We were only supposed to be looking around, remember!”
Glenn and Zen visited their new home and land in January 2019 and by October of that year, they had closed down their chaotic life in Dubai to begin their new life in Indian River. Both feel the Island is a distinct space—bountiful in nature, surrounded by the ocean, and of course, the red sand.
“There is such beauty and warmth in the people. There is time to greet one another. There is a balance of work, personal health and quality of life. There is family time. This creates a safe, healthy well being. This brings happiness” explains Zen.
Their vision always included a restaurant with the opportunity of bringing something new and unique to the area and community. The former Foodland space in Summerside had been empty for more than a year. It was perfect.
Both Zen and Glenn are “grateful to Prince Edward Island, the city of Summerside, Holland College, wonderful friends and the people who have held our hands right from the early days to where we are now. And we wish to express our gratitude to this mighty Island.”
Z & G is a restaurant, yes, but it is also a space for the community. “We want you to know you can come here for a cup of coffee or tea, a glass of wine… come with friends or by yourself. Enjoy the peace,” invites Zen.
If you are thinking of a special celebration, visit their website at zngrestaurant.ca or follow on social media. Zen and Glenn’s creativity, attention to detail, and heartfelt customer care and service is what is “on the inside.” You can find them beside Holland College on Water Street, next to the ocean.