With a new patio and affordable summer menu, Blacks business is booming
There are not many restaurants and bars in Whistler that can claim to be "something for everyone" but Blacks is the famous phrase personified.
On any given day, or night, youll find happy families and hungry sports teams filling the pizza and pasta ristorante downstairs, while upstairs loud locals and tenacious tourists flock to the newly built patio attached to a well-stocked pub with a huge selection of beers.
Wander in, look around and choose your level. Where ever you go, one thing is for certain: no attitude. And no rush. People sit, sip and stay at Blacks for hours. No wonder really, with a reasonable price point and one of the best views of the bike park in town, why would you leave?.
"Many of our customers come for lunch and end up staying well past sunset," said general manager Willy Jang.
As a regular muncher about town, I too can testify to that. I stopped in last weekend to watch the Gravity Festival in full swing and got pleasantly more than I bargained for. While it was the fast, fresh and delicious caesar salad with grilled salmon that drew me in initially, it was the margaritas, the amazing sunset and the friendly vibe that kept me there well into the night.
Blacks Pub has been a familiar landmark on the Whistler landscape for 11 years and was a case of love at first sight for owner-operator Lawrence Black. The Toronto businessman happened to come to Whistler by chance on a weekend away from meetings in Vancouver and saw the original site was for sale.
"I literally came up for a days skiing and went home with my own restaurant and bar," recalled Black. Soon after, he packed up shop in the east and propped his camp here for good.
Originally the restaurant took up both floors, but considering Black is the sociable sort and knew a thing or two about the type of people that come to Whistler, he turned the top level into a pub soon after.
Looking out at the downhill bike park, beyond his week old yet already packed pub patio, Black said: "I just knew this place was special. I love it here. Everyone does. Its a lot of happy people. From the young workers experiencing the best years of their lives, to the families that are now established here to the tourists just enjoying a well-earned break. When I go away I appreciate it more. Theres nowhere like this place."
When Blacks first opened for business there was nothing east of the restaurant. "No Pan Pacific, no Dubh Linn Gate and not a single house on the Benchlands. Now its as busy for us in summer as it is in winter. Its been amazing to witness the growth."