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Burke Mountain's first café highlights new social hub

IBEX officially opened last weekend as Coquitlam continues to meet the northeast neighbourhood's expansion.

Northeast Coquitlam residents won't have to travel far to get a morning cup of coffee along their commute — or a glass of wine if its a weekend social gathering with friends.

Ibex Café and Kitchen opened the doors to its new digs on Saturday (Oct. 15) and is situated in a new community building that aims to act as a gathering place for neighbours and visitors alike.

In fact, Ibex is now the first to ever open a café on Burke Mountain after officially receiving its building permit in March.

PGA Hospitality won the contract in July 2021 to operate the business. It also manages Beanery Coffeehouse and Eatery in Westwood Plateau.

It's in the newly built $3.75-million Burke Mountain Discovery Centre (3537 Princeton Ave.) in the Partington Creek neighbourhood.

Coquitlam officials explained it's meant to serve as a place for current and future residents to learn about community updates, school construction, park upgrades and the future of the village as Burke Mountain is predicted to expand to 50,000 people in the next 20 years.

"The single-storey centre features a space with interactive displays and information on Burke Mountain, four unisex washrooms (two that are fully accessible), a six-spot bike rack and on-site parking for 13 vehicles, including EV charging stations," the city said in a news release.

Ibex's menu includes a variety of baked goods, sandwiches, brunch options, specialty coffee, wine and beer, as well as an outdoor patio that features views of Mt. Baker, Pitt River and the Fraser Valley.

Inside, maps and murals cover the Discovery Centre's walls, including a custom piece of Burke Mountain by Anja Jane.

"Driven by the belief in establishing community through food, Ibex Café and Kitchen is designed to be a personal third space of comfort, casual and elegance, showcasing all the diversities and bringing them on to your plate, chalice of cheer or a cuppa joe," the company said.

For more information, you're encouraged to visit Burke Mountain Village's or IBEX Café's website.