Burfield Bistro opens in West Village
WRITTEN BY: Courtney Jones
The highly anticipated Burfield Bistro opened its doors on Friday, Nov. 22, providing a cozy place for locals and tourists alike to hang out and grab a bite to eat before hitting the slopes.
Burfield Bistro owner Richard Zimmer has worked in hospitality, bartending for the past 20 years at Whistler. Last winter he and his family decided a change was needed after visiting Sun Peaks.
“We decided to try Sun Peaks out for a winter season last year and simply fell in love with the community and lifestyle,” Zimmer said.
“The locals are absolutely amazing, they go out of their way to help you and I’ve joked that Sun Peaks locals are the friendliest people I have ever met.”
The Burfield West Development is still ongoing but is already having an impact on the community, with Richard purchasing the bistro’s space the first day it was offered.
“We were in the process of working on the design and concept for the 1,600 sq ft restaurant space in Burfield West (expected to open in 2021) when we met the developer who also owns the Burfield Hotel and Hostel,” Richard said. “He appreciated our passion for restaurants and Sun Peaks, offering his common space in his hotel to get our feet wet before opening in Burfield West.
“The opening of the bistro, as anyone in the industry knows, was hectic and had minor issues. Much like ski racing, you are never going to get your best time your first run down the course, it takes a lot of practice and tweaking…We are looking for feedback and patience from the locals and hope to create a menu unique to Sun Peaks which everyone will enjoy.”
Currently the menu features soups, chili, sandwiches, flatbread pizza, breakfast wraps and muffins, as well as coffee and espresso-based drinks to help warm up customers as the months get colder.
“We will be adding more items to the menu in the coming weeks, as well as a full liquor menu serving beer, wine, and cocktails,” Zimmer said.
Despite working full time, Zimmer’s wife, Kellie, has assisted in the start up in her spare time which Zimmer said he’s immensely thankful for.
“Kellie has managed many restaurants and is a level three Sommelier, so the wine selection will be British Columbia inspired with something for all palates to enjoy,” he said.
They have many exciting events planned, including wine pairing nights, themed music nights, Karaoke and DJ’s.
“We have so many people to thank, including the Sun Peaks community locals, municipality, trades, the Burfield Hotel and the other restaurant owners who gave advice and inspiration,” he said.
“If Sun Peaks wasn’t so supportive, we probably wouldn’t have opened the Burfield Bistro, so we want to give back and make it the local’s place to be.”
The Burfield Bistro is located across from Burfield chairlift in the Burfield Hotel and is open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.