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A raw history of the Whistler restaurant scene The uncensored, unadulterated version



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Contemplate what those beams have seen next time you need municipal services, for the building was sold for a dollar to the RMOW and, in a beautiful bit of irony, moved up the road to become the current municipal hall.

The '80s set the stage for Whistler Village, with the first cluster of buildings, restaurants and eateries centred on Village Square. Another twist of irony - it was all built on the old garbage dump. Jack Cram opened Stoney's; Russell's gave way to the iconic Araxi; and if you needed a quick burger or deli sandwich extraordinaire, Tapley's Pub and Gourmet Bakery were the order of the day. In the funkier part of town, Jan Systad opened the first consciously healthy eatery in the old logging cookhouse at Mons.

Hungry customers never looked back. Whether you were after Indonesian meatballs, a good bowl of porridge or herb-crusted rack of lamb, wherever you went, locals mingled with visitors in a dynamism fuelled by good food and good drink. That, happily, has been the passport to any great resort experience to this day.

Glenda Bartosh is an award-winning freelance writer who sometimes wishes she had a time machine.