541’s Mission:
To meet the needs of the local community in tangible ways through the love of Jesus Christ.

We are an eatery; offering fresh, homemade meals and baked goods in the heart of Hamilton. We are committed to providing food that is affordable, nutritious and family-friendly.

We are a place of exchange; where ideas are shared and where people can engage with one another. We will use our space and the proceeds from food sales to facilitate educational community initiatives such as a homework club, a youth employment program and other skills training opportunities.


Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilties Act, 2005

541 Eatery and Exchange is compliant with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Ace, 2005 (AODA). Click here for more information on 541 Eatery and Exchange AODA training and policies.

The Space

After months of searching Barton Street in 2013 we were fortunate enough to secure our current space on the northeast corner of Barton and Westinghouse. The building was built in 1907 for the Bank of British North America and later became a Bank of Montreal branch.

541 comes with a rich history in the City of Hamilton and we are extremely grateful for the opportunity to continue using this historic space to serve the community.

We’re a meeting place for individuals and families to gather in the heart of Barton Street. Please come by and enjoy our delicious food and beverages and be apart of whats happening in the east end of Hamilton. .

Meet The Team

Executive Director: Sue Carr

Sue has been instrumental in growing numerous social initiatives in the Hamilton area. Sue began life in the UK, and came to Canada with her family in 1986. She started her career as a Research Pharmacologist, but was later drawn to the social aspect of medicine as she completed a diploma in Addiction Studies at McMaster and then a Masters in Theological Studies, to pursue pastoral counselling. Sue subsequently worked as a hospital chaplain at the Hamilton General Hospital. In 2005 she became the chaplain at Mission Services of Hamilton, and began a small study that grew into a vibrant congregation. Sue is excited at this new chapter in her life as Executive Director of 541 Eatery and Exchange. She looks forward to serving our customers the best food in Hamilton, fostering people engagement at many levels, and seeing what God nurtures in this new place. Sue is married with 5 children.

Chair of Steering Committee: James Peters

James has a rich background in business & community involvement. He started his career in the banking and insurance sectors, but was subsequently drawn to an entrepreneurial venture in manufacturing. In 1993 James led a management buyout of the firm where he was employed, he later became and continues to be President at Hadrian Manufacturing Inc. in Burlington. James has been involved in the community through various governance roles at both business and social organizations, including past chair of the Burlington Economic Development Corporation, board positions at Community Care Access Centre (Hamilton), International Justice Mission Canada and Compass Point Bible Church. James is married with 2 children, he is an avid cyclist, private pilot and downhill skier.

Jenn Arnold

Miranda Crockett

Carolyn Vaughan


Five Forty One could not run without our fantastic team of over 100 regular volunteers.

Steering Committee

The concept of having a restaurant of this type in this community was first introduced by Michael Bowyer, in 2000. Michael and James met initially and subsequently brought a handful of other friends into the discussion. At the time, it’s feasibility seemed remote, but interest within a small group of individuals continued to grow, two years later, 2 recent university grads (Miranda and Kyle) were drawn to the vision and heartily threw their thoughts, time and energy into the mix. When a location was subsequently sourced, James quickly brought together many of the prior business friends with others that might be able to assist and the team of visionaries was formed

Committee Members:

  • James Peters (chair)
  • Michael Bowyer
  • Dave Collins
  • Steve Siverns
  • Dieter Eisbrenner
  • Henry Friesen
  • Kyle Ford
  • Dave McSporran
  • Gary Teague
  • Peter MacLennan
  • Scott Reynolds
  • Sue Carr
  • Heather Mann

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005

541 Eatery and Exchange is compliant with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA).
Click here for more information on 541 Eatery and Exchange AODA training and policies.

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