New Japanese-Korean restaurant opens in Fernie

Fusion restaurant off to a sizzling start

A Japanese-Korean barbecue restaurant is off to a sizzling start after hordes of hungry foodies turned out to support the new Fernie business in its first week.

Located on 7th Avenue, Sushi Wood features authentic dishes from South Korea and Japan, and opened on February 22 with a “full house”.

The fusion restaurant is owned by Jun Hee Nam and Jenny Baek, who first met in Vancouver while Ms Baek was studying English before immigrating to Canada seven years ago.

It’s not the South Korean couple’s first foray into the food industry – they have previously owned restaurants in Kimberley, Invermere and Cranbrook, where their successful Sushi Rang restaurant is still located.

Baek said her family had wanted to open a restaurant in Fernie for some time.

“We like Fernie and we really wanted to move here,” she said.

“Fernie is a very nice place so we are very happy.”

An eye-catching feature of the new restaurant is huge, dusty pink cherry blossom trees, which is the national flower of Japan and also found in South Korea.

Baek said it was her aim to provide a unique fine-dining experience with a focus on quality food and excellent customer service.

Manager Teryne Taylor has joined Baek in her latest venture after working with her at Sushi Rang.

The Cranbrook flight attendant said she encouraged the couple to open the business because she believed there was a need for more sushi restaurants in Fernie.

“It’s super exciting,” she said.

“We have had a lot of good feedback on the food… and the customer service as well.

“It’s been non-stop busy, we had a full house on the first two days.

“Fernie is really excited about it, that’s for sure.”

Taylor recommends trying the Gal Bee, beef short ribs marinated in homemade Korean barbecue sauce, and the Green Dragon roll, which features prawn tempura, crabmeat and avocado.

Sushi Wood currently has 12 staff and is still accepting resumes.

Located at 1221 7th Avenue, the restaurant is open from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily and also offers takeaway and delivery.

Just Posted

B.C. declares state of emergency as more than 560 wildfires rage

This is only the fourth state of emergency ever issued during a fire season

UPDATE: Search for missing Cranbrook woman enters third day

The search for a Cranbrook woman missing in the Jumbo Pass area is entering its third day.

Evacuation Alert rescinded for Corbin area

Leach Creek wildfire 95 per cent guarded, remains estimated at 30 hectares

Search for missing Cranbrook woman ongoing

Louise Baxter missing in Jumbo Pass area since Sunday

Interim GoFundMe payments approved in Humboldt Broncos crash

$50,000 to be given to each of the 13 survivors and each family of the 16 people who died

Mounties deployed to help B.C. communities affected by wildfires

RCMP officers heading to places particularly within central, northern and southern B.C.

Quebec sets aside $900 million for companies hurt by U.S. tariffs

Premier Philippe Couillard says his government will make $863 million available over five years

B.C. company patents Sasquatch, the country’s first homegrown hops plant

Created by Hops Connect, Sasquatch hops are being grown commercially for the first time in B.C.

Farmers ponder impact of alternatives to pesticides being banned

The nicotine-based pesticides scientists have linked to a rising number of honey bee deaths will be phased out of use in Canada over a three year period starting in 2021.

Time to kick maverick Tory MP Maxime Bernier out of caucus, Scheer urged

Conservative MP Maxime Bernier is taking issue with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s oft-repeated message of diversity in Canada, calling it a form of “radical multiculturalism.”

Thousands of police officers expected at regimental funeral in Fredericton

Two civilians were killed in a shooting in Fredericton that also claimed the lives of two police officers.

2 girls, hand-drawn map in hand, sneak out of B.C. home for adventure

The pair’s escape has transit police reminding commuters to report unusual behaviour

Most Read