Rob Ford and Veronica Wolf behind the till at Papa Bear’s Kitchen. (Claire Palmer photo)

Rob Ford and Veronica Wolf behind the till at Papa Bear’s Kitchen. (Claire Palmer photo)

Papa Bear’s Kitchen opens in Golden

The new cafe is open for business

If you’re looking for a hot drink, sandwich or some broth on your way up to the ski hill, the newly opened Papa Bear’s Kitchen, located at the intersection of 10th Avenue and 9th Street, has you covered.

Bringing in coffee and fresh bread from Calgary, as well as loose leaf tea from Banff, and cooking in-house sandwiches and desserts, owners Veronica Wolf and Rob Ford are looking to brighten up Golden mornings with their cafe.

It was never on the radar of either Wolf or Ford to open a cafe. It’s the first venture into business for both, although Ford is a Red Seal Chef, a term that refers to the Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program, which was designed to create a national standard for training from province to province.

Ford has experience working in several restaurants in Banff, so a coffee shop is a bit of a pivot for him, but he’s happy to take up the role to bring something to Golden that he feels is sorely needed.

“We just saw that Golden needed something like this,” said Ford.

“We want to fill that need, and if what I’ve got to do is make soups and sandwiches, then that’s what I have to do.”

Hailing from Ontario and Banff, respectively, they’re looking forward to the opportunity to get to know Golden a bit better as well.

“I think we’re just a little over Banff and just wanted to get to know our neighbours and have a sense of more of a community,” said Wolf.

The pair own the building, and when the space became available, they initially thought they would rent it out. However, they quickly decided to do something themselves, and Papa Bear’s Kitchen was born.

From the initial idea to opening their doors, only took a matter of weeks.

Both Wolf and Ford said that the support from the community, from the customers that come in everyday to support from other local business, to Laura Daley at Daley’s bakery, and everyone in between who helped make the cafe a reality in such a short period of time.

“It was huge, having that support, I would not have been able to stat up and be where I am,” said Ford.

Ford says he’s got big plans for the kitchen side of things as well, looking to expand his sandwiches and displays, as well as cookies and other treats, as the business solidifies itself.

Wolf and Ford are hoping their cafe can be a place to stop in and grab a coffee, or a mug of broth for lunch on the way up the ski hill or for other outdoor adventures.

The idea of broth comes from Wolf, who is Russian, and says that broth plays a huge cultural role in her native country, and is something she would like to bring to her community.

“I’m Russian, so I love hot beverages, and I really want to promote the health benefits of having a cup of broth versus like coffee or tea throughout the day,” she said. “It hasn’t really caught on yet, but I’m hoping it will, especially with the outdoor crowd.”

Papa Bear’s Kitchen is open from 6:30 a.m. until 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. on weekends.

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