Hungry? The Chalet will soon be open
It might have been the worst-kept, sauce-drenched secret in Kamloops but now it’s official — Swiss Chalet is coming to town.
An official with Cara Operations — the casual-dining chain’s parent company — confirmed the restaurant will be moving in to the old Tony Roma’s location on Hillside Drive.
“Construction is set to begin in early August, and it’s projected to be open in late November,” said the employee, who spoke to KTW on the condition of anonymity.
Swiss Chalet is a Canadian restaurant chain with more than 200 locations. The first store opened in Toronto in 1954.
The restaurant is known for its chicken and rib dinners — something Kamloops residents have previously had to drive to Kelowna to enjoy — and its signature “Chalet Sauce.”
The company claims its chicken dish is based on a Swiss recipe.
Swiss Chalet’s move into the old rib joint, which closed in 2010, has been rumoured for months.
Cara Operations also operates Milestone’s — which is in the same Aberdeen Village shopping centre the future Swiss Chalet location will be located.
New options for dinner
When Swiss Chalet’s Aberdeen location is up and running later this year, it likely won’t be alone as a new option for hungry Kamloops residents.
Other eateries believed to be in the works include Original Joe’s, Browns Socialhouse, Moxie’s and Shark Club — the latter two potentially as part of the new Sandman Hotel going up kitty-corner from Interior Savings Centre.
Original Joe’s is an Alberta-based chain of pub-style restaurants.
Headquartered in the Lower Mainland, Browns Socialhouse operates 13 locations in B.C. and Saskatchewan.
Moxie’s bills itself as a “premium-casual” restaurant, and has more than 60 locations in six provinces.
Shark Club is a chain of sports bars based in Calgary, with locations across Alberta and B.C.
In recent months, Kamloops eaters have welcomed new chains including Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Cora’s, Papa John’s, Baskin Robbins, Burger King and Opa.