Locals by Farmhouse celebrated their restaurant grand opening at the Prince George Airport on Wednesday, October 19 with a private event serving delicious farm-to-fork food. Locals by Farmhouse is based in a newly renovated space within the airport terminal, an area that was custom designed to suit their unique food production needs. To support this new location, the Prince George Airport Authority successfully applied for a $300,000 Economic Infrastructure grant from Northern Development.
Drawing inspiration from the unique food that is grown and produced in Northern B.C., Locals by Farmhouse has created an elevated restaurant dining experience in the airport and introduced new food service options available to passengers after they go through security.
“Celebrating local food that is prepared by talented chefs will elevate the experience for everyone who visits the airport,” said Gordon Duke, CEO, Prince George Airport Authority. “Previously vacant space has been filled by Locals by Farmhouse, creating new jobs and increasing revenue at the airport.”
Locals by Farmhouse brings a diversified business model that will deliver a quality dining experience to all who visit the Prince George Airport and those who live in Prince George. They offer an opportunity to sit down in a modern restaurant to dine or grab-and-go options for those in a time crunch, improving the visitor experience for those travelling through the airport and for area residents.
“This new location at the Prince George Airport allows us to grow our business and reach more customers,” said Toni Schell, general manager, Locals by Farmhouse. “The opportunity to nourish thousands of people travelling through the airport is an incredible opportunity and we look forward to providing a taste of Prince George’s hospitality to all those we interact with while creating new jobs for local residents.”
Once Locals by Farmhouse is operating at full capacity, they expect to employ 35 full time staff between the three locations within the airport. The addition of a new, vibrant business may also help the Prince George Airport Authority attract and retain new tenants.
The Economic Infrastructure funding program was introduced in September 2020. It offers two tiers of funding that applicants can apply to: up to $300,000 for new construction and/or substantial upgrades to existing facilities or up to $100,000 for upgrades or repairs to an existing facility or amenity.