It is Thomas Aldridge’s zeal for restaurants that brought him to where he and Manhattans are today.
Originally from Etobicoke, Ontario, Thomas began learning his hospitality chops at age 12. Spending several summers in Wolseley Bay on the French River, he sold sandwiches to fisherman from a small cedar-stripped lodge boat.
Leaving home at 16, Thomas eventually worked his way up at Goodyear where he became chief union steward for five years and in charge of 1,500 personnel.
His food industry experience includes a stint running a “house” at the Ontario Food terminal, where he learned to love and appreciate the merits of fresh produce.
In 1989, Thomas bought Pepi’s Pizza in Guelph. There he burned the midnight oil and learned the ins and out of the pizza business. Five years later, he purchased Manhattans with a vision that included purity of in-house product, community devotion and exceptional, locally based jazz entertainment.
When not at work, Thomas can be found travelling, sailing, and listening to a wide range of musical genres. His pet peeves are false advertising and fake cheese, and he keeps threatening to write a book entitled Buddah Doesn’t Like Burnt Croutons.