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Wild Seed tries to re-root

Delayed opening adversely impacted operation

Will Mount Currie’s Wild Seed Enoteca eventually take root or will it wither in the Pemberton Valley heat? Despite the doors being locked for nearly a month prospective diners are greeted with either an account of the upscale eatery’s hours or a message explaining that they are closed for renovations when attempting to make reservations.

"We’re going through a little bit of a transition period right now, some stuff with the owners," says manager Glen Brubacker. "We’re trying to get it re-opened but there are some stumbling blocks."

While Brubacker would not elaborate on the nature of the "stuff with some of the owners" he did concede that a delayed opening was instrumental in the Wild Seed’s current plight. Originally scheduled to open last August, it was December before the restaurant opened its doors. This extra time was spent reconfiguring and outfitting the room, changes which are to undergo further modification in a new round of renovations.

"We’re changing the interior of the building – chilling it out a bit – making it so it’s not so high end," says Brubaker.

While the manager is hesitant to give a date for reopening, he feels that a strategy for reopening the restaurant will be in place after two more meetings between the partners.

The restaurant had become a popular showcase for local talent with its Sunday night live entertainment.

According to a health inspection report from Environmental Health Services — Coast Garibaldi Area, as of June 25 the restaurant had "ceased operation as a fine dining restaurant and is now operating as a delivery pizza facility in the evenings. Plans are to close within a month."