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New restaurant opening at West Kelowna waterfront resort

The view from the former Bonfire Restaurant at The Cove Resort in West Kelowna.
The view from the former Bonfire Restaurant at The Cove Resort in West Kelowna.
Image Credit: FACEBOOK / Bonfire Restaurant

The Cove Lakeside Resort’s former Bonfire Restaurant will soon be transformed into a completely new space.

Trevor Jones, who owns West Kelowna’s Il Mercato Social Kitchen, has an agreement with the resort to open a new waterfront restaurant called the Landing Kitchen and Bar at the former Bonfire location.

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“We look at the food program as...  comfort food with a chef-driven twist,” he said.

The gastro-pub style menu features handcrafted burgers, onion rings, calamari and flatbreads, open-faced salmon sandwiches, short-ribs, butter chicken, hand-made brisket, white bean and kale stew with trout and more.

They plan to open in April for take-out with a soft opening in May.

The Landing was named for Gellatly Landing, as The Cove is located near where the ferries used to dock to bring people into the downtown in the 20th Century.

“Gellatly Landing doesn’t really roll off the tongue so we just called it The Landing and we hope it takes off,” Jones said.

Amid the pandemic, Jones said the community and the Central Okanagan have been supportive of restaurants.

“The whole Central Okanagan and West Kelowna is such a supportive community and I do think the community really wants to shop local… so we’ve managed to get through this… on the goodwill of the community so I’m fairly confident going into the other restaurant … with The Cove Lakeside Resort in our corner… it just seems like a good fit," Jones said.

After the pandemic, “I don’t think things will go back in the restaurant business completely… certainly takeaway is not going away…(but) it really is a no-brainer to have the opportunity to be on a property like (this),” he said.


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