Long-time resident of Nanaimo, Mike Atherton and Calgary-based Red Seal Chef, Dean Andrichuck first met in 2006 and found themselves discussing the possibility of opening a restaurant. Shortly thereafter, Dean was moving to Nanaimo and Mike was looking for a location. Both were inspired when they came across a beautiful heritage building located in the heart of downtown. Built in 1893, this historic building was originally constructed as Nanaimo’s second fire station (replacing the first that had been destroyed) and so, with the origins of the building in mind, The Firehouse Grill was named and the doors opened in October 2007.
The original concept of The Firehouse Grill started off with the basic want of providing a space where people could come together over good food. Over the years their vision has evolved to providing not just a place to come together but also a beautiful setting, a vibrant atmosphere and passionate team members.With a love for all things cajun and inspiration from the fresh West Coast flavours, Dean has created a menu that both plays into the fiery influence of the building and accents the fresh ingredients available to us here in BC.
The Firehouse continues to grow and change through the years with the creativity of Mike, Dean and the staff members aiming keep the original concept in mind. A comfortable place to come together with friends, loved ones and great food.