Early morning breakfast wraps or Naples-style pizza – Port Haney will soon have a new eatery situated in one of the last remaining heritage buildings in the area.
The owners of the Port Haney Post Office – who also own the Billy Miner across from the Port Haney West Coast Express station – are going ahead with plans to turn the facility into a family-friendly cafe and restaurant complete with a wood-fired stove from Italy for making traditional Neapolitan pizza.
With apartment buildings going up around the Billy Miner area – on River Road and next to the Gourmet Hideaway site – and the traffic flow from the West Coast Express, the owners wanted a place that would both complement and diversify the Billy Miner.
“As a long time lovers Naples style pizza, great coffee, and of course craft beer the combination seems obvious in retrospect,” said owner Brock Rodgers.
The cafe will be open in the early morning hours as well to offer morning commuters coffee, muffins, and breakfast wraps.
“I’m guessing the real hook will be that it will be much easier to get your significant other to drive you to the train at 5:30 a.m. if he or she knows she can grab a latte and a muffin at the same time,” Rodgers said. “And easier to get picked up on the way home if he or she knows she can sip on a nice ale or coffee while waiting for your train to arrive….maybe even stay for dinner.”
There will be a small patio between the Billy Miner and the former post office that will be open to children as well.
The Port Haney Post Office building has been vacant since 2010 when the new owners moved the retail liquor license to Dewdney Trunk Road and 240th Street.
The building was build in 1933 by Mary Berry Charlton Storey although the area was in decline because of the building of the Lougheed Highway up the hill.
This building replaced the post office destroyed in the 1932 fire.
In May 2011, Maple Ridge council adopted a heritage designation and revitalization and tax exemption agreement for the site where the Billy Miner Pub & Alehouse and the Port Haney Post Office buildings are situated.
On Tuesday evening, Maple Ridge council approved the heritage alteration permit.
Rodgers said he hopes the cafe and restaurant will be up and running within 60 day.