The year was 1984...
Whistler Resort at the time was barely more than a random collection of chairlifts, cheap land and a new concept pedestrian village built on an old garbage dump.
But there was a vision.
And there was snow. Lots of snow…
Three Vancouver restaurant workers became friends while working together. On a whim, they decided to trek up to Whistler in the winter of 1984 to check out the skiing that they were hearing so much about. They were hooked! The men essentially never left Whistler after that first trip. One year later, in December 1985, Sushi Village opened to fulfill the dreams of these three men – to open a world-class sushi restaurant in what would become one of the most popular ski resorts in the world? No… to ski almost every day!
Most of their friends, family and colleagues in Vancouver thought they were crazy. They went ahead with their plan regardless. They expected that the restaurant (number 6 in Whistler) would be busy enough to stay afloat and make just enough money to allow the three of them to ski and live in Whistler.
The three partners were doing something right. The first winter was REALLY good and exceeded all expectations. Once that ski season ended though, the summer was slow… REALLY slow. The restaurant almost closed down that autumn but the snow began to fall again and so returned the crowds of hungry skiers. They never looked back.
Although two of the business partners eventually left Whistler, Mikito Homma and his wife Naoko have been welcoming people to Sushi Village ever since. There is a good reason Sushi Village has been busy for almost 30+ year. The food is fresh and delicious thanks to Head Chef Toshihiro “Jesse” Nonaka and this kitchen amazing team. The staff are friendly and a little bit wild, the owners love the restaurant, love life and love Whistler. And it shows.
The stories live on. Join us tonight and become a part of the epic history!