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Downtown dining in Kamloops gets diverse

Forno on Fifth has opened and Alchemy Brewing welcomes patrons on Friday
Forno on Fifth
Maeghan Summers and husband Jared Summers are partners in The Noble Pig Brewhouse and have just opened their second restaurant in downtown Kamloops. Forno on Fifth, located in the former Sanbiki restaurant at Lansdowne Street and Fifth Avenue, is a more modern restaurant with a strong whisky presence on the menu.

A pair of new dining options are now on the table for hungry Tournament Capital residents.

Forno on Fifth, created by the same people who established Noble Pig as the city’s first microbrew pub almost a decade ago, quietly opened its doors late last month and has been busy since.

Next door to the Pig, in the 600-block of Victoria Street, Alchemy Brewing Company is set to open its doors for the first time on Friday.

Alchemy general manager Ken Morley said the establishment takes inspiration from Portland’s craft brewery scene and offers a different take than its next-door neighbour.

“Honestly, we’ll feed off each other,” Morley told KTW.

“We are different. Our menu, our style, there’s a different atmosphere. But the craft brewery scene is such that we help them out and they help us out.”

Morley mentioned Maeghan Summers, the Pig’s operations manager and partner, by name as someone who helped Alchemy find good staff.

Summers, meanwhile, has been busy of late splitting her time between the now-venerable The Noble Pig and Forno on Fifth, a block-and-a-half away.

“It’s like having a second child,” Summers said.

“My first one, I feel I haven’t had as much time with it lately, and the labour was hard, but it’s been worth it.”

Summers said Forno has been busy.

“It’s been nuts,” she said of the whiskey bar with Mediterranean cuisine. “We were nervous because it’s a new concept for Kamloops, but it’s been lovely.”

Morley is hoping for similar success at Alchemy, which pairs its craft beer with food truck-inspired menu options in a casual atmosphere attached to the Thompson Hotel and Conference Centre.

“We’re nervous and excited,” he said. “We’re just really excited to get our doors open.”