Burke Mountain residents will have another option for their morning cup of joe this summer, when a new neighbourhood hub opens its doors.
The single-storey centre is being designed in the West Coast Modern style with wood, glass and metal elements. It will also include about 145 sq. m (1,556 sq. ft) of presentation and meeting space, four unisex washrooms (two that are fully accessible), a six-spot bike rack and on-site parking for 13 vehicles, including EV charging stations as well as being designed to support food trucks and Coquitlam Public Library’s Library Link truck.
The interior of the Discovery Centre is designed with the objective of being inclusive, welcoming, accessible and engaging including large wall art displays, development maps, and visually engaging pieces including a custom mural of Burke Mountain designed by a local artist, Anja Jane. There will also be two interactive displays to allow users to navigate the amenities on Burke Mountain and explore the future Burke Mountain Village in both 3D and augmented reality.
The City is finalizing the interior of the approximately 360-square-metre (3,900-square-foot) building and will open the new neighbourhood hub in December 2021/January 2022. Stay tuned for more updates!
With construction underway on the Burke Mountain Discovery Centre, local residents and visitors can get ready for the first café to open in the area.
Following an extensive Request for Proposals (RFP) process, PGA Hospitality Inc. (PGA) who own and operate Beanery Coffeehouse and Eatery in the Westwood Plateau area, was selected by the City as the operator for the café space.
Beanery Coffeehouse is a family-run and community-focused business that has been in operation since 2017. They are well-known not just for quality coffee and espresso, but also for great-tasting food including sandwiches, flatbreads, desserts and bakery items. They will be operating the space as IBEX Café + Kitchen – named for the species of wild mountain goat – and because the space is zoned to allow for the sale of alcohol under a food-primary liquor license, they also envision serving local craft beer and wine.
PGA’s vision for the space demonstrates their level of knowledge, experience and commitment and what they plan to bring to Burke Mountain:
“Beanery is both a small café and restaurant under one roof. It is run by minorities, by women, by people from multiple backgrounds and stories, and supported by one strong community. What was then a dream has grown to be a community, a gathering place, a small gem within which culture, cuisine and the comfort of a small town come together. Inspired by the colours and flavours of our natural surroundings, this mountain café offers a carefully crafted balance of local and seasonal flavours. Our hope for Beanery is to always be a place of gathering, of community, and of acceptance.”
The leased café site includes approximately 162 square metres (1,740 square feet) of indoor space and direct access to a 157 sq. m (1,685 sq. ft) shared outdoor patio, with seating and expansive views south toward the Fraser Valley and Pitt River. Construction is on pace for the space to be open to the public in fall 2021.