River Cafe, the award-winning and top-rated restaurant in Canada, made the difficult decision this week to close because of the weather.
Heavy rain and thunderstorms followed a long and significant rainfall with 75 to 125 mm of rain (Environment Canada); The popular restaurant couldn’t wait to see what happened.
Thankfully, no damage was done, and the River Cafe is reopening for service this weekend.
“The River Café will reopen its doors on Saturday, June 18, 2022, following evacuations and closures following floodwaters for full dinner service,” the restaurant said in a media release.
“Lessons learned from 2013 decided to step aside until water was no longer a threat.”
Staff kept busy and moved all perishable food and extensive wine collection to a safe location.
“There is a proactive approach to mitigating the potential damage caused by floods,” said a press release sent on June 13. “Staff will assess the week’s earnings and react accordingly.”
After the City of Calgary activated a local state of emergency, the decision to close the restaurant was easy for Cafe River’s owner, Sal Howell.
“After two devastating floods we just couldn’t wait and see what happened,” Howell said.
“Our friends in the food industry helped us continue our business by storing perishable food for us until we could return.”
After Princes Island was officially closed for 24 hours to allow life to pass through without danger to the dam, a tiger dam was installed to protect the restaurant. Enmax also had to shut down power for the business.
The island is officially open, and power has been restored. The restaurant staff will be hard at work today and tonight, to bring everything back for full service tomorrow.
If you’re looking for a place for lunch or dinner, support this iconic Calgary restaurant.
Know: 25 Prince Island Park SW, Calgary