The previous owner Lori pouring gravy over the famous Pine River Cheese curds to complete a delicious poutine.

The Monkii was originally purchased by Lori and Jan Prehn, owners of Prehnbrook farms in Huron-Kinloss. Lori successfully ran the Cheesy Monkii at the Pine River Cheese Factory for three consecutive summers. Upon hearing that the Monkii was for sale, I was immediately intrigued.

One Saturday in the Summer of 2017, a friend and I made the trip to Pine River to get cheese, and to see the Monkii in all of its glory. Lori was warm and welcoming and showed me around the trailer, when I suddenly realized that even with 12 years of experience working in the food and beverage industry, I had no idea how to run a business.

This inspired me to return to post secondary studies and I enrolled in the Business Entrepreneurship Managment program offered at the Huron-Bruce regional campus through Fanshawe College, In Goderich, Ontario.

Since then, I am now entering my 4th consecutive year as full owner / Cheesy Monkii boss lady. I’ve decided to fully commit to the same full season menu as all of my regulars have their particular favorite menu item & it’s apparently pretty popular seeing as we are still up and running. Our variety comes from a combination of our strategically placed remote operating locations and weekly #featurefriday specials (many of which are becoming increasingly popular and demanding repeats).

Examples of these “fan favorites” include but are not limited to:

  • Chimichangas
  • Samosa Poutine
  • Cheeto Corndogs
  • Crunchy Chicken Quesadillas

My regulars know me to be enthusiastic, kind, energetic & creative. My staff know me to be hard working, precise, passionate & fair. They’re all still coming back for now anyways, so I must be doing something right.

See you soon!