Forty years ago, my family and I arrived as immigrants to Vancouver with the intention to travel and settle in the Rocky Mountains. We ended up in Banff.
I had a lot of experience working in the hospitality industry globally, so I asked a gentleman who was fishing on the Bow River near the canoe dock “where in Banff is a good restaurant to work for?”
He replied, “Ticino Restaurant, but I don’t think I could get a job there because nobody quits.”
I dropped off a resume anyways and a few months later the owner, Irwin Widmer, called me when I was in Vancouver to offer me a job. I accepted and worked at Ticino’s for the next 23 years and the fisherman was right, telling me that it was such a good place to work.
Ticino Restaurant will be closing permanently on May 28. We wish the Widmer family all the very best for the future. Thank you, Irwin, for the good years spent at Ticino and the friendship with the family and great co-workers.