Jody Moench and Eric Epperson of Funky Goat Pizza. Missing is co-owner Ryan Gerard. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

Jody Moench and Eric Epperson of Funky Goat Pizza. Missing is co-owner Ryan Gerard. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

Pizza shop adds ‘funk’ to Fernie’s culinary scene

Three young entrepreneurs have proudly opened their doors to their new shop in Fernie; Funky Goat Pizza, an artisan pizza restaurant located at Unit C, 362 2 Avenue.

Jody Moench, Eric Epperson and Ryan Gerard, long time friends and residents of Fernie, saw the space become available and jumped at the opportunity to, “bring something fresh, fun and funky to Fernie.”

Epperson, a resident of Fernie for five years, Gerard, two, and Moench, a newcomer from Alberta have been in the restaurant industry for many years.

Each have taken on different roles in numerous restaurants, each with the common goal of one day building a business together.

“People love pizza, it’s the perfect food,” said Epperson. “Bread, meat, cheese and veggies, it kind of gets all your food groups in one thing.”

For Moench, this is the fourth pizza shop he has been involved with.

“Owning a pizza shop is super fun, and the hours are good for doing activities. It’s a sweet little setup, and (we are) definitely off to a good start,” said Moench.

It’s Halloween night and customers are knocking on their door almost an hour before they open, itching to place their order before the rush begins. Speaking to this, the owners mutually agreed that it’s great to be this busy so quickly.

The shop has been in operation now for one month, which the owners say was ‘incredible’, and much busier than expected.

Funky Goat’s menu features a variety of signature pizzas, each with their own unique name and qualities.

From Falling Star to Snake Bite, Mushroom Head and Eco-Terrorist, the names are inspired by many of the popular biking and hiking trails that surround the downtown core.

As far as the name of the shop, the group wanted to associate their brand with their wild surroundings.

Moench said they aim to change the way people think about pizza.

“We want to do stuff that’s different, have different kinds of toppings and get people excited (to) try different things, unique things,” he said.

“We’re just really looking to bring a different twist on pizza to Fernie, have fun with it, and just be a funky, fresh, new pizza joint.”

“With a space like this, you can’t take yourself too seriously,” added Epperson. “We can’t be too formal or too serious, so that’s the inspiration behind our entire idea; just have fun with it.”

However, Moench stressed that some things don’t need improving. The base, he explained, always starts with old-school fresh-made dough, followed by a signature sauce from scratch, quality vegetables and meats.

The shop offers 15 signature pizzas, as well as a create-your-own option for those who want to get creative. The shop also offers a cauliflower gluten-free crust, as well a house-made almond ricotta vegan cheese.

Funky Goat offers free delivery in town, and a $3 fee to deliver to Fernie Alpine Resort, or Hosmer.

The shop is currently hiring for several positions. For more information on this, contact the shop.

Check out their menu online at bringthefunk.ca

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Eric Epperson and Jody Moench prep on Halloween night. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

Eric Epperson and Jody Moench prep on Halloween night. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

Pizza shop adds ‘funk’ to Fernie’s culinary scene

Just Posted

RCMP are searching for Philip Toner, who is a 'person of interest' in the investigation of a suspicious death in Kootenay National Park last week. Photo courtesy BC RCMP.
Man sought in suspicious Kootenay death found in Lake Country

Philip Toner is a person of interest in the death of Brenda Ware

A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Toronto on Thursday, January 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
65 new cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health

Overall, B.C. is seeing a decrease in COVID-19 cases

RCMP are searching for Philip Toner, who is a ‘person of interest’ in the investigation of a suspicious death in Kootenay National Park last week. Photo courtesy BC RCMP.
RCMP identify ‘person of interest’ in Kootenay National Park suspicious death

Police are looking for Philip Toner, who was known to a woman found dead near Radium last week

FILE - In this April 19, 2021, file photo, Keidy Ventura, 17, receives her first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in West New York, N.J. States across the country are dramatically scaling back their COVID-19 vaccine orders as interest in the shots wanes, putting the goal of herd immunity further out of reach. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
5 more deaths, 131 new cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health over the weekend

Those 18-years and older in high-transmission neighbourhoods can register for the vaccine

F.W. Green Memorial Home in Cranbrook. Photo courtesy Google Streetview.
Plan for future expansion of F.W. Green Home taking shape

Capital projects underway at East Kootenay Regional Hospital, per update from Interior Health

A bullet hole is seen in the windshield of an RCMP vehicle approximately 4 km from Vancouver International Airport after a one person was killed during a shooting outside the international departures terminal at the airport, in Richmond, B.C., Sunday, May 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Homicide team IDs man in fatal YVR shooting as police grapple with spate of gang violence

Man, 20, charged in separate fatal shooting Burnaby over the weekend

Two-year-old Kashius Weme rides at the Steve Smith Memorial Bike Park in Nanaimo on Tuesday, May 11. The youngster’s precocious bike-riding ability is already attracting cycle sponsors. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
2-year-old B.C. bike rider already attracting cycle sponsors

Nanaimo’s Kashius Weme has a knack for extreme cycle sports

Keith MacIntyre - BC Libertarian
Penticton’s Keith MacIntyre new leader of the B.C. Libertarian Party

The Penticton businessman was voted in by members of the party on May 8

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP reported to 287 mental health calls between Jan. 1, 2021, and May 1. (Black Press files)
‘It’s not the police’s responsibility to deal with mental health calls’: Vernon RCMP

RCMP remind public to take care of mental health and well-being, while better solutions are sought

Thompson Rivers University campus is in Kamloops, B.C. (KTW file photo)
Thompson Rivers the 1st B.C. university to supply free menstrual products

The university will offer the products this September

Fraser Health is using ‘targeted’ vaccination clinics in high-risk areas of the Lower Mainland. (Fraser Health photo)
B.C.’s COVID-19 decrease continues, 515 new cases Tuesday

426 seriously ill people in hospital, up from 415 Monday

The site of Sunfest, Laketown Ranch, will be open for camping this summer. (Citizen file)
Sunfest country music bash won’t be shining on B.C. in 2021

Annual Vancouver Island Festival cancelled due to COVID-19, along with Laketown Shakedown

Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation elected chief councillor Moses Martin, who was also Chantel Moore’s grandfather, speaks to media in Port Alberni on Aug. 16, 2020, during a visit from NDP leader Jagmeet Singh following the police shooting of Chantel Moore. (Elena Rardon photo)
Mother of 2 shot by police in critical condition, says B.C. First Nation chief

Community ‘devastated’ by third member of 1,150-person Vancouver Island nation shot in less than a year

Most Read