Osoyoos will soon have another place to pick up pizza.
Jason and Amy Bartsch announced today they are bringing a Boston Pizza franchise to the community.
The restaurant, to be located within the Watermark Beach Resort, will be managed by Town of Osoyoos councillor Mike Campol.
“Our vision for Boston Pizza in Osoyoos is to make this restaurant as iconic as Home Hardware is to Osoyoos,” said Mrs. Bartsch. “We want this restaurant to serve the community and all our guests with a great meal in a warm, comfortable community atmosphere.”
The restaurant is already reaching out to the community, inking a deal with the Osoyoos Coyotes to be the “official sports bar” for the junior hockey team.
“One of our first objectives as part of the Boston Pizza team was to partner with the Osoyoos Coyotes Junior B Hockey Club,” said Mrs. Bartsch. “Randy (Bedard) and his group have built a winner here in our community and we are thrilled to be sponsors and partners with them moving forward.
“We are looking forward to building strong relationships and supporting the ones we already have with the Coyotes, South Okanagan Minor Hockey, Osoyoos Minor Baseball, Area 27 Motorsports Park and the Spirit of the Game Society.”
The franchise’s location within the Watermark will make it unique among the Boston Pizza brand, in that it will be a substantial departure from the typical Boston Pizza building blueprint.
“We couldn’t have asked for a better location or better neighbours and partners,” Mrs. Bartsch said of the Watermark management and staff. “Our restaurant will fit beautifully with the resort’s family-friendly, first-class property.
The uniqueness of the restaurant goes deeper than its look, however.
“Our restaurant will be one of only 17 restaurants across the country with the latest in kitchen management technology to ensure your meal will be on time and delicious every time,” said Mr. Campol.
“Whether you dine in our restaurant, our incredible sports bar, or your order online from your phone or laptop, you will know that your meal will arrive hot and delicious every time.”
The restaurant will be open year-round and will offer its team members year-round employment in a fun, familial atmosphere. It plans to provide delivery services in and around Osoyoos by car — and by boat.
Yes, by boat: Boston Pizza Osoyoos says it will offer a seasonal water delivery service during the summer months — another first for the BP brand.
“Boston Pizza is one of the few corporate restaurant concepts that engages small communities,” said Mr. Campol, who brings to the franchise more than 20 years of experience in hospitality, food service and restaurant management.”
“They understand the world outside of major cities and encourage their Franchisees to become a beneficial partner to the community and its residents.
“This concept is a great fit for a town focusing on growing it’s population with young families. What better place to enjoy a game or wind down after your own game in a family-friendly environment?”
The Bartsch family is well-known in the Osoyoos community. Jason Bartsch practices as a dentist and he and his wife are involved in numerous community initiatives, especially youth sports.
Combined, the pair has served in key leadership roles with the South Okanagan Minor Hockey Association and founded the Osoyoos Minor Baseball Association and Osoyoos Beach Volleyball Association.
They are also active in local service groups and other community efforts.
The restaurant is expected to open in late 2017 — after the busy summer season. Local builder Carl Buckendahl was contracted to “build” the restaurant.