New Name and Owners Announced for Dolcé Vita Italian Restaurant

medicine helvetica, ailment sans-serif;”>PETERBOROUGH, August 29, 2016 – Dolcé Vita, fine dining Italian restaurant located at 413 George Street North, downtown Peterborough has announced it will have new ownership and a new name. The new owners will now be Scott Veniot and John Druce, who aim to keep the same elegant atmosphere and fine dining cuisine of the current restaurant.


“I am excited to continue the reputation of the amazing Italian food and elegant atmosphere that Dolcé Vita has been known for,” says new owner John Druce. “I’m also looking forward to offering a later night experience with new extended hours until 1 a.m. The name of the restaurant will be changing to Johnny Vino’s Italian Bar and Grill”. 


Along with the new name and ownership comes a new chef, Steve Nichols, former chef of Nicolini’s. “Having operated a number of Italian restaurants in the Peterborough region, I believe in fresh ingredients and authentic Italian food,” says Chef Nichols. “I will preserve the emphasis that Dolcé Vita has placed on local food and will continue the fine dining style they have crafted for the menu.”   


Kawartha Entertainment Group Inc. (KEGI) took over ownership of Dolcé Vita as a parent company in 2014. Dolcé Vita staff will be helping the new owners during the transition, but will be returning to work at The Venue, which is also owned by KEGI.


“We would like to thank all of our clients over the past two years at Dolcé Vita. KEGI has always prided itself on local food and we know the new owners will continue this tradition”, says Catia Skinner, CEO of Kawartha Entertainment Group Inc.“The Dolcé Vita staff will continue to be committed to excellence in hospitality and customer service at The Venue for special events.” Both KEGI companies Dolcé Vita and The Venue are finalists in the Hospitality category of the 2016 Peterborough Business Excellence Awards that will take place this October.


 Johnny Vino’s Italian Bar and Grill will continue to honour Dolcé Vita gift cards until February 28, 2017 and The Venue will honour them indefinitely. Johnny Vino’s Italian Bar and Grill will open on September 6th. The Venue will also be launching live jazz music every Thursday in the Lobby with a selection of International cuisine starting October 6th, 2016. 




For more information, please contact:

Catia Skinner
Kawartha Entertainment Group