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Nanoose Bay Cafe officially opens doors in Fairwinds Landing

New cafe includes full restaurant, bar, coffee shop and marketplace
From left: Todd Bright (partner and chef), Lynsee Yee (General Manager), Eli Brennan (partner and director of operations), and Kaitlyn Brennan (marketing and communications manager). (Submitted photo)

The Nanoose Bay Cafe has officially opened its doors in Fairwinds Landing.

The multi-concept space is the creation of veteran hospitality partners Eli Brennan, Alan Tse and Chef Todd Bright, according to a news release.

It includes a full restaurant and bar, coffee shop and marketplace, all family-run and centered around local ingredients, products, and suppliers. The owners’ brand also includes the sister restaurants Qualicum Beach Cafe and Water St. Cafe in Vancouver’s Gastown neighbourhood.

“We’re thrilled to bring so much to this historic location,” said Brennan. “We’ve known since our first visit that this place has always been important here, as a gathering place and the heart of the community. We’re keeping all of that, adding more products and services, and bringing an elevated Vancouver Island dining experience that we know will satisfy local guests and visitors alike.”

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The menu at Nanoose Bay Cafe includes familiar coastal classics alongside dishes that incorporate Bright’s signature balance of rich and resonant Asian flavours, all featuring local ingredients.

Local products and artisan goods also get top billing in the Coffee Shop + Marketplace, where the coffee is from French Press Coffee Roasters, based in Qualicum Beach, and a list of over 30 local vendors. Local ingredients are vital to the restaurant, with suppliers like Nanoose Bay’s own Natural Gift Seafood and Echo Valley Farms.

The full restaurant, patio and bar is open for lunch, dinner and Happy Hour and seats 145 people, while the Coffee Shop has room for 30.

Reservations are open now for lunch, dinner or Happy Hour at

— NEWS Staff, submitted

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