By James Rose
Special to The Pioneer
For the Veens, owning The Black Forest Restaurant is a family affair, and it has been25yearssinceNicolaas and Dragica first purchased the restaurant in 1990.
To mark the occasion, the Veenswant to celebrate. FromSunday, November 15thtoSaturday, November 21st,TheBlack Forest will be featuring a special menu of dishes, all offered at 1990 prices.
We thought this would be a fun way to celebrate and show our appreciation for all of our loyal customers, friends and family, said Jacqueline,who is Nicolaas and Dragicas daughter and the manager ofthe restaurant.
To give you an idea of 25 years worth of inflation, the restaurants very popular wiener schnitzel will be priced at half of its current price. The special menu will also feature dishes such as a goulash soup, black forest cake, and a variety ofschnitzels.
When the Veensoriginally purchased the restaurant, the goal was to run it for 10 years, sell it, and move onto something else. However, through circumstance, the family decided to keep the restaurant and continue offering its valued customers outstanding Bavarian-inspired fare.
Nowadays, Jacqueline, along with her husband Gaetan, manage the day-to-day operations.
To be able to keep the restaurant in the family, we couldnt be any luckier, said Nicolaas.
What is the secret to the restaurants continued longevity? There is no one thing, says Nicolaas. Finding and keeping the right staff, working really hard, quality food and service, and a certain ambience are all things that go into making 25 years possible.
Nicolaas and Dragica would like to express a heartfelt thank you to all current and past loyal staff members: We couldnt have done it without you!
Reservations are highly recommended for the celebratory week and can be done either over the phone at 250-342-9417 or online atwww.blackforestrestaurant.com.