Kamloops, B.C.: The food hall concept, well-loved in many parts of the world, has now officially opened in Kamloops. On Thursday, September 8, dignitaries and community members gathered to celebrate as several local food hall vendors cut the grand opening ribbon for the Yew Street Food Hall, a collaborative food venue bringing smaller, family-owned restaurants together in one location. The day was special, not only for the vendors, but for Jeff and Steve Mitton, who are the operating partners and vendors.
“We knew this day would eventually come, and although it is later than our original plans due to several delays, to finally be open is very exciting,” said Jeff Mitton. “To watch the Yew Street Food Hall come together from a large, vacant space on the ground floor of The Colours on Spirit Square development to the vibrant, warm, and inviting food hall it is today has been great to be a part of. We’ve also been thrilled to welcome each one of the vendors who have been busy hiring, setting up their stalls, and ordering their food to be ready to open. It’s been a new experience for both Steve and me; where we are normally focused on opening one restaurant in one location, we’ve been busy helping set up ten different food/drink vendors in one location. I am not overexaggerating when I say it’s been very, very busy!”
Also excited about the opening are ARPA Investments’ partners, Jasbir Mahal, Joshua Knaak, and Parmjit Mahal. For the past many years, the team has been working to develop the award-winning residential development, The Colours on Spirit Square, of which the Yew Street Food Hall occupies the entire ground floor. They have also been working tirelessly with the Mittons, and many subtrades, to help bring the Food Hall together.
“To us, the Yew Street Food Hall will not only create a unique and vibrant hub to add to all the great things happening along the Tranquille Market corridor, but it really is a celebration of the many vendors who have chosen to make this space home for their diverse restaurants,” said Knaak. “We’re very excited that the doors are now officially open to welcome our community in.”
As of today, seven of the 10 vendors are set up and ready to serve the public, including Duck Duck Pork, Mittz & Co., Brews on Yew, Drinks on Yew, Harvest Moon Bakery, Veggie Bomb, and Inferno Pizza Co. The remaining three, Taco Rojas, Porcini’s Pasta Fresca, and Lemongrass are set to open later next month.
“We would have loved to have had all of our vendors operating as of today, but due to some staffing challenges and delays in equipment, three of our vendors will open later next month,” noted Mitton. “Guests to the Yew Street Food Hall in the coming days will be treated to a welcoming, vibrant atmosphere and I can guarantee you, the most diverse and delicious food and drink in our city. Our promise as a collaborative team is to offer signature libations, gastronomy, and festivity, and we’ve got the recipe to deliver.”
The Yew Street Food Hall will be open Sunday to Thursday from 11:30am to 9:00pm & Friday and Saturday from 11:00a to 10:00pm. The public can learn more at www.yewstreetfoodhall.com
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