It’s no doubt that two of the hardest hit industries by COVID-19 have been hotels and restaurants. Doors closing, staff laid off, and no customers meant that many in the hospitality industry have been forced to close permanently. However, two local restaurants are hoping that won’t need to be the case.
Conrad’s Kitchen and Grill, and Don Agave Cantina, are both located in the Prestige Radium Hot Springs Resort on Main Street. While the hotel was able to keep its door open throughout the pandemic – even while experiencing occupancy levels in the single digits – the restaurants were forced to close for nearly two months. Now re-opened and with a passion for great food and service that’s stronger than ever, owners Marisol Velazquez and Francisco Guzman say they’re ready and eager to welcome patrons back in.
“It was a long two months but we’re very excited to be back,” says Marisol, who adds: “It’s been wonderful seeing our regular guests come back in to say hi and order their favourite dishes.” She adds that they’ve got all the proper procedures in place to ensure social distancing and sanitization practices, and their patio is a great option for dining in. They are also happy to provide take-out and curbside pick-up.
Velazquez and Guzman moved to Radium Hot Springs from Mexico two years ago to start a new life with their two young daughters. Despite having left everything and everyone they ever knew back in their home country, they say they’ve been welcomed into the community with open arms and are loving the area. While the COVID-19 pandemic certainly didn’t make life any easier, they do feel that it’s given them a renewed appreciation for the business they love. But in order to keep their restaurants open for the long haul, they say they rely not only on patronage by hotel guests, but even more so from locals. That’s why they’ve extended their Local Discount Card program until December, which gives anyone living in the Radium area a 15 per cent savings on all food orders until the end of October, and then a 25 per cent discount for the winter months. Anyone living in the valley area (Radium, Edgewater, Invermere, and Fairmont) is eligible to sign-up for the free card by stopping by the front desk at the hotel.
“We really rely on the locals to keep us going. Even if people ordered one or two meals a month, that would make such a difference to our family,” says Velazquez.
The restaurants are well-known for their Family Packs – larger portions of various items that can feed an entire family for a really reasonable cost. And because they’re of Mexican descent, their Mexican food is becoming the most popular items on the menu. They also specialize in burgers, pizzas, pastas and salads, and other classic dishes. “Give us a chance and try it,” she adds. “We are doing our best to make all our meals from scratch and with the best quality ingredients. We would like to invite everyone to come and visit us and try our food.” Conrad’s Kitchen and Grill, and Don Agave Cantina, are both open Monday to Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m.. Daily specials are available, and they’re also offering $5 draft beer and half price bottles of wine all summer.
Located in the Prestige Radium Hot Springs Resort at 7493 Main Street in Radium, they can be reached by phone at 250-347-2340 for reservations and take-out orders.