Harvey’s and Swiss Chalet combo restaurant opened its doors in Petawawa on Sept. 18. A ribbon cutting ceremony occurred on Sept. 16 and involved most of the newly hired staff. In the foreground are, from left, Petawawa Deputy Mayor Tom Mohns, Owner Kevin Watt, Mayor Bob Sweet and Economic Development Officer Cyndy Phillips. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

Petawawa Harvey’s/Swiss Chalet concept unique in Canada

By Patricia Leboeuf

Posted on Thursday, November 2, 2017

The Harvey’s and Swiss Chalet in Petawawa will be one of the first in Canada to not only offer delivery but also be fully licensed to serve beer.

“Nobody else does it our way,” said owner Kevin Watt.

This 2.0 version of the franchise is modern and has a more youthful vibe. The amenities are also relatively unique and the restaurant’s concept is brand-new, though it does still serve the well-loved burgers and chicken that make Harvey’s and Swiss Chalet such a powerhouse in the food industry.

The restaurant, located at the Petawawa Town Centre commercial development, officially opened its doors to the public on Sept. 18. It had been in the works for many years. The head corporation had set its sights on the town, judging the area well suited for their needs.

It wasn’t until Watt inquired about the opportunity to take over responsibility for the restaurant, however, that they found their ideal owner.

“Now, here I am today,” he said.

This is Watt’s first restaurant.

Until two months ago, the 33-year-old was still serving in the military as he had for the past 15 years. He cashed in his pension to pay for the franchise and follow his dream of being an entrepreneur, employing about 40 people.

“It is extremely exciting,” said Watt about the opportunity. “There is stress obviously because it is a new thing. I’m still learning ... so I’m doing everything I can to make it work.”