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.

Lauren, the new owner of the Monkii, and her 8 year old son Darren.

Today I prepare for my first season in business, and am really excited to see what the summer of 2018 has in store.

My son Darren is looking forward to a fun filled summer consisting of day camp at the Davidson Center in Kincardine, playing soccer and baseball, and coming to see mom for some fries.