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New Mexican restaurant opens at Big White Ski Resort

Cantena del Central opened a new Big White location last month, December, 2021.
Cantena del Central opened a new Big White location last month, December, 2021.
Image Credit: FACEBOOK/Cantina Del Centro - Kelowna

A new Mexican restaurant has found a home at Big White Ski Resort in the place of a business that closed after it refused to follow public health orders.

Cantina del Centro opened a location at the ski resort on Dec. 17, in the former location of Charley Victoria's All Day Apres, said Chris Stokes, manager of the Big White restaurant.

Charley's permanently closed last year after receiving a WorkSafeBC fine for holding a party in contravention to COVID-19 public health orders.

READ MORE: Big White restaurant earns hefty fine for party that broke COVID-19 rules

This will be the third location, and it’s been well-received so far, Stokes said.

“I know the space was available and I think the ownership just jumped on the opportunity… I do know the group is looking to expand to other locations so I’m not exactly sure how Big White came to be whether it fell into their lap or something they were scouting out for a while but they’re definitely interested in any new location they can find," he said.

The restaurant has all the “ski bum essentials” with a late-night happy hour from 9 p.m. to close and Après from 3 to 5 p.m.

The street-style tacos and margaritas are always a popular choice, he said.

For first-timers, he recommends the coconut habanero margarita and to try any combination of taco.

“You can’t go wrong with any of our tacos,” Stokes said.

The plan is to be at the Big White location for a long-time to come as the owners have purchased the space, he said.

— This story was corrected at 4:20 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022 to correct the spelling of the name of the business.

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