Restaurants

Alpina Restaurant at Villa Eyrie Resort on the Malahat was rated among the best brunch spots in Greater Victoria and even Canada, based on reviews submitted to reservation service OpenTable. (Photo courtesy of OpenTable)

Vancouver Island brunch spots voted among Canada’s best

Four area restaurants earn high marks from OpenTable users, make top 100 list

 

Kymon and Oura Giakoumakis visit the PQB News/VI Daily studios. (Peter McCully photo)

PODCAST: Vancouver Island restaurateurs expect big summer rebound for the industry

PQBeat: Oura and Kymon Giakoumaki talk lessons learned from the pandemic, family life and more

 

Atlas chef Slone Romano gets ready to serve up some seafood for Big Food Bucket List host John Catucci. Photo supplied

Courtenay restaurant featured on Big Food Bucket List

Food Network show’s episode filmed at the Atlas Cafe airs this month

 

Darioush Diba, owner of Bubby’s Restaurant, stands outside its Menzies Street location. He questions the need for the level of traffic restrictions into James Bay as are being exercised by VicPD. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

Eateries less busy, staff late since checkpoints installed for Victoria protests

Operators have mixed views on need for Victoria police controls on neighbourhood entry

Darioush Diba, owner of Bubby’s Restaurant, stands outside its Menzies Street location. He questions the need for the level of traffic restrictions into James Bay as are being exercised by VicPD. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
Food delivery company drivers wait to pick up food at a Cactus Club Cafe restaurant in a very quiet downtown Vancouver, on Sunday, April 5, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Founders of Earls, Joey Restaurants acquire ownership of Cactus Club Cafe

The Fuller family were early investors in the Cactus Club chain

Food delivery company drivers wait to pick up food at a Cactus Club Cafe restaurant in a very quiet downtown Vancouver, on Sunday, April 5, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Comox Valley restaurateurs, including the team at Plates, have created a delicious array of possibilities for this year's Dine Round event.

A delicious Dine Around experience, served up in 4 steps!

Celebration of Comox Valley dining continues through Feb. 10

  • Jan 31, 2022
Comox Valley restaurateurs, including the team at Plates, have created a delicious array of possibilities for this year's Dine Round event.
Late 2021 saw the number of restaurant reservations and take-out orders in B.C. soar like there’d never been a pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)

British Columbians were back to restaurants in pre-pandemic numbers in late 2021

Survey finds Labour Day weekend busier than 2019, giving operators optimism for 2022

Late 2021 saw the number of restaurant reservations and take-out orders in B.C. soar like there’d never been a pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)
The team at Off Main has two Dine Around menus planned, at $45 and $55. Plan your culinary adventures at comoxvalleydinearound.com.

Sip, savour and Dine Around, Comox Valley!

Annual foodie festival returns Jan. 20 to Feb. 10

  • Jan 10, 2022
The team at Off Main has two Dine Around menus planned, at $45 and $55. Plan your culinary adventures at comoxvalleydinearound.com.
A food delivery person wears a protective face mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as they do a pick up in Yaletown in Vancouver, Thursday, December 3, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

B.C. extends 15% cap on restaurant delivery fees for another year

Dining inside restaurants has gone down during the pandemic, while delivery services have surged

A food delivery person wears a protective face mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as they do a pick up in Yaletown in Vancouver, Thursday, December 3, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
A notice posted on the door to Rolly’s Restaurant in Hope. The owner of the restaurant remains defiant, saying she won’t check for vaccine passports. (Eric J. Welsh/ Chilliwack Progress)

Owner of Hope’s Rolly’s Restaurant remains defiant after having business licence suspended

She said she’s done everything required by health officials up to now, but vax passports go too far

A notice posted on the door to Rolly’s Restaurant in Hope. The owner of the restaurant remains defiant, saying she won’t check for vaccine passports. (Eric J. Welsh/ Chilliwack Progress)
Victoria food service businesses such as John’s Place restaurant are still seeing patrons wearing masks, despite the lifting of mandatory mask restrictions in B.C. as part of the phase three reopening plan. (Facebook/John’s Place)

Customers still masking up at many B.C. businesses as provincial mask mandate eases

Phase three reopening plan saw change to mask rules, state of emergency declaration July 1

Victoria food service businesses such as John’s Place restaurant are still seeing patrons wearing masks, despite the lifting of mandatory mask restrictions in B.C. as part of the phase three reopening plan. (Facebook/John’s Place)
Blair Lebsack, owner of RGE RD restaurant, poses for a portrait in the dining room, in Edmonton, Friday, June 18, 2021. Canadian restaurants are having to find ways to deal with the rising cost of food. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Canadian restaurateurs grapple with rising food costs, menu prices expected to rise

Restaurants are a low margin industry, so there’s not a lot of room to work in additional costs

Blair Lebsack, owner of RGE RD restaurant, poses for a portrait in the dining room, in Edmonton, Friday, June 18, 2021. Canadian restaurants are having to find ways to deal with the rising cost of food. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
High Tide Public House owner Deana Simkin (left) and staff member Sarah Larson, toast the reopening of indoor dining at the popular downtown Courtenay establishment. The celebratory mood was shared by a few customers cheering from their tables. Photo by Terry Farrell

Diners flock to Comox Valley restaurants upon government’s restart announcement

It didn’t take long for local restaurants to begin reaping the benefits…

High Tide Public House owner Deana Simkin (left) and staff member Sarah Larson, toast the reopening of indoor dining at the popular downtown Courtenay establishment. The celebratory mood was shared by a few customers cheering from their tables. Photo by Terry Farrell
B.C. restaurants are slated to reopen to indoor dining for the first time in nearly a month Tuesday, May 25. (Unsplash)

B.C. restaurants gearing up to welcome patrons indoors Tuesday

‘Restrictions end at midnight Monday so service Tuesday will be wide open,’ says B.C. Restaurant and Foodservices president

B.C. restaurants are slated to reopen to indoor dining for the first time in nearly a month Tuesday, May 25. (Unsplash)
Bigfoot Donuts found a special way to honour the passing of a recent friend to many in the community, Wayne Bradley. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Courtenay doughnut shop serves up sweet tribute to a friend

Proceeds honouring Wayne Bradley will help support food security group

Bigfoot Donuts found a special way to honour the passing of a recent friend to many in the community, Wayne Bradley. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Tidal Café owners Blythe and Kurt Reimer (left) and Toscano’s head chef and general manager Tristan Taylor have been sharing deck space to help both businesses during the expanded COVID public health order restrictions that ban indoor dining. Photo by Terry Farrell

Neighbouring Comox restaurants share patios for mutual benefit during COVID restrictions

Two restaurants in Comox are working together to help ease the burden…

Tidal Café owners Blythe and Kurt Reimer (left) and Toscano’s head chef and general manager Tristan Taylor have been sharing deck space to help both businesses during the expanded COVID public health order restrictions that ban indoor dining. Photo by Terry Farrell
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Chairs and bar stools are stored at a pizza restaurant in Montreal, on Wednesday, September 30, 2020. As restaurants across the country fight to survive, industry watchers say there is growing frustration over a lack of data that conclusively links restaurants to COVID-19 infections. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Frustration grows amid restaurateurs over lack of data linking industry to COVID-19

B.C. is one of few jurisdictions allowing indoor dining in second wave

Chairs and bar stools are stored at a pizza restaurant in Montreal, on Wednesday, September 30, 2020. As restaurants across the country fight to survive, industry watchers say there is growing frustration over a lack of data that conclusively links restaurants to COVID-19 infections. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
The Anonymous YVR is an Instagram page that reviews restaurants and other establishments around B.C. based on how well they adhere to COVID-19 rules. (Instagram)

Anonymous Instagram page reviews COVID-19 safety measures at B.C. businesses

There are a number of public health orders various types of establishments must follow to slow virus’s spread

The Anonymous YVR is an Instagram page that reviews restaurants and other establishments around B.C. based on how well they adhere to COVID-19 rules. (Instagram)
West Kelowna’s Kelly/Carlos O’Bryans. (Kelly O’Bryan’s West Kelowna Facebook photo)

‘We don’t make the rules’: Okanagan pub owner says staff harassed over pandemic precautions

‘If you have six people plus a baby, guess what? That’s seven’ - West Kelowna Kelly O’Bryan’s owner

West Kelowna’s Kelly/Carlos O’Bryans. (Kelly O’Bryan’s West Kelowna Facebook photo)