The House with the “Little Red Roof” was the vision of Ralph Erwin, who was an actor in a traveling road company. Erwin recognized the need for a place where people could get good food in a friendly, pleasant atmosphere at any time of the day or night.
Since opening the first site on Fort Street with $135.00 borrowed from friends in Nebraska, Erwin’s original Salisbury House has grown into more than 20 locations in Winnipeg. Erwin chose the name of Salisbury House after Lord Salisbury, who was famous in England for his love of ground steak, among other things. The hamburger craze, at that time, had just begun to sweep the United States with its popularity. Erwin introduced the new hamburger concept to Winnipeg at his new location and called it a “Nip”, indicating a smaller amount of the famous Salisbury Steak. Erwin didn’t realize what an entrepreneur he truly was when he also brought Silex Coffee to his Salisbury House. Silex Coffee was also previously unknown to Winnipeg and indeed to Canada. He also introduced drive-in “car-hop” service. Salisbury House, as you can see, has never been a stranger to innovation.
The House Under the Little Red Roof was now open for business with Nips, Silex Coffee, breakfasts and homemade pies. Today, our now famous Nips, served on our freshly baked buns with our tasty grilled onions, continue to anchor our full menu along with our wonderful all day Breakfasts, delicious Lunches, Snacks and Dinners. All of this is augmented by our outstanding Sweet Potato Fries, our luscious Wafer Pie, Chocolate Iced Donuts, Red Velvet Cake and many other, Classic items with their Legendary Taste.
After eight decades Sals continues to pioneer the industry, as we became one of the first restaurants to offer TRANS-FAT FREE foods, allowing the company to offer healthier alternatives without compromising our same Legendary Taste.
All those tastes begin in our unique Commissary. Virtually all ingredients for our menu items are created in this centralized facility and delivered FRESH DAILY to all Salisbury House location. This process allows us to guarantee fresh, consistent, high quality food to our guests with each visit to any Sals location.
Your favourite items are available for “take-home” from our Sals Store located at our Commissary which is open to the public. As well, they are available from several of our Salisbury House locations. This allows you to enjoy our famous food from incredible soups to our Classic baking and most of your other Sals favourites, at home.
Salisbury House is proud of its two Catering Divisions, “RED ROOF CATERING” and “RIEL CATERING”. Red Roof Catering www.redroofcatering.ca has been offering high quality off-site catering since 2008. Besides Salisbury House menu items, they offer a wonderful repertoire of culinary creations that have been a huge hit at schools, corporate events, office lunch/parties, reunions and many other functions. Whether you need food at your office, your home or wherever, Red Roof Catering will be there for you.
Riel Catering www.rielcatering.ca provides magnificently hosted on-site catered events for 100+ guests at our spectacular SALS SUR L’ESPLANADE RIEL/SALS ON THE BRIDGE AT THE FORKS. Special events such as weddings, convention/conference dinner events, business presentations, retirement celebrations and charity functions are only a few of the events that have been held previously. Riel Catering also caters on-site at the country club-like HARBOUR VIEW RECREATION COMPLEX. It can accommodate 200+ guests for diverse events such as engagement parties, weddings, family reunions, team windups and other similar events.
In this, our 80th Anniversary year, Salisbury House is very proud to provide our famous food to Kildonan and Windsor Golf Courses, John Blumberg Softball Complex, Health Sciences Centre, the venues where the Winnipeg Goldeyes and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers play and other locations including the new Winnipeg Airport, scheduled to open this year.
While much has changed over the years, we remain totally dedicated to ensuring a quality experience for our Guests. With each visit our Guests are treated to our “YES WE CAN” philosophy. If you have a request to substitute or change an item, we will always try to accommodate you – our team is committed to making your visit to Salisbury House exceptional.
You are our guests. Welcome to our Home – Salisbury House. Eight decades of perfecting our unique style and recipes.
Legendary Taste, Prepared Fresh Daily
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