It’s been just over a year since the beloved Fergie’s Cafe in Squamish was gutted by a devastating fire. But the great news is that Fergie’s has recently revealed they are on track to re-open in the same location with a completely re-built restaurant.
Situated on the Sunwolf Resort property in Brackendale, Fergie’s was a favourite for locals and visitors to the Squamish area alike. Known for their coffee, baked goods, and excellent breakfasts, Fergie’s was a major draw in the area, with long lines at the charming cabin-like structure on a regular basis.
Nine years ago Fergie’s was taken over by Jake and Jess Freese, who sought to revive the 70-year-old spot. They indeed created a buzz-worthy destination restaurant, however the fire in April 2018 forced them to close down for the duration during the rebuild.
In a late December 2018 interview posted to Sunwolf’s blog, the Freeses described what customers could expect to find at the new Fergie’s:
“Picnic tables on the lawn near the river and views of the mountains, obviously. The dining trailer will be just the same, with the added charm of a slightly blackened exterior. The big beautiful black walnut tree that’s on our lawn is staying. We’ve actually taken extra care to build around that tree! And the menu really won’t be changed. You’ll still have our house smoked meats and fish, as well as vegan and gluten free options. We’re sourcing locally as much as possible too.
I mean we want to keep the overall vibe, really. We’ll have the Sunday caesars, the wood-burning fireplace, the playground, the food… You can bring your kids and your pups, everyone’s welcome! The spirit of Fergie’s won’t be changed. We want to bring back that space that feels like home.”
Now comes word that Fergie’s have moved some talented folks into new positions at the re-booted restaurant.
Victor Pulleyblank will be helming the kitchen and nurturing culinary talent as executive chef, while Naomi Aris Horii will ensure the beloved café’s spirit thrives as restaurant manager of the newly rebuilt and redesigned Fergie’s, the restaurant shares via media release.
Both Pulleyblank and Horii have ties to Vancouver. Pulleyblank has worked at acclaimed places as Café Medina, Chambar, Blue Water, and West in the city, as well as in Whistler at Araxi. Horii was the co-owner and operator of Vancouver-based Butter on the Endive catering and events company; back in 2010 she and the late Owen Lightly, her partner, launched the Sunwolf Supper Series.
While Fergie’s has not provided a specific date for the debut of the new iteration of the cafe, they have indicated they plan to be open early this summer, and in recent days were replying to social media comments that they are planning to be open in a couple of months.