The Vienna is one of the oldest operating establishments in Guelph, Ontario, if not in Canada. The original Vienna was a bakery and coffee bar and dates back to the early 1900’s when it was originally located at 16 Macdonell Street.
In 1960 the original building was demolished to make way for a Mercury plant expansion where much of that site is now the loading dock for the newspaper. The Vienna Bakery, then operated by Josephine Schroefel, relocated to 28 Macdonell Street, where it has since had several owners and is now run by the Sawyer family.
The Sawyer’s purchased the restaurant in 2010 and have made changes to the decor and menu, in an effort to bring the restaurant back to the way it was many years ago, with an emphasis on good food and good service. The Sawyers believe in sourcing ingredients from local farmers and business’ in order to bring the best quality and freshness to their customers.
The Vienna has always been known for its Schnitzel, fine baked goods and delicious breakfasts, which are still the popular items of today. Over the years The Vienna has served soldiers from both world-wars, before they entered the army and when they returned from overseas service! Today you will find a healthy dose of regulars from local artists, politicians, local business owners and many University of Guelph students who frequent the joint for delicious well priced food and the comfortable atmosphere where “everybody knows your name”.