My wife and I have patronized Anton’s for the past 35 years. The fine dining restaurant is located in the former Lethbridge Lodge Hotel, which is now known as Sandman Signature Hotel. We loved the décor when we celebrated our birthdays and anniversaries there. At the time, waiters Ed and Ross wore tuxedo and addressed me as Mr. Jones.
We made it a point to travel from Coaldale to Lethbridge even in cold stormy weather to celebrate our special days. In fact, we liked it so much that we stayed at the Lodge one weekend. When the front desk clerk asked us where we were from we answered, chuckling, “from Coaldale.”
Since the new owners took over recently, the décor, service, and even the food is not the same as the original Anton’s was. In fact, they moved the Sunday Brunch to The Courtyard (formerly known as the Cotton Blossom Lounge).
If one is handicapped or elderly, it is very difficult to go up and down the steps to carry one’s food from the buffet area to one’s table. Another bad thing about serving the brunches at The Courtyard is the noise from the swimming pool next to it. They also dropped the pianist so now there is no entertainment. In the menu we miss the thicker French Toast, herrings, and smoked salmon. The only time we enjoy the food was when they had special occasion Sunday Brunches such as Mother’s Day and Easter Sunday.
We feel that Prime Catering should reinstate the setup for Sunday Brunches back to Anton’s to allow better access for the handicapped / elderly as well as the loyal clientele that patronized Anton’s for many years — i.e. Matteotti’s, Tennants, Wauters and others.
There aren’t many Sunday Brunches in Lethbridge that cater to the people where one can have a decent meal, so, Anton’s, come back to me.