From Flood to WURST & the Reopening of a Calgary Favourite

Wurst - Stephanie Arsenault - Global DishIt’s been seven months since the flood in Calgary, and Mission’s WURST Überkitchen and Wunderbar {previously known as WURST German Restaurant and Beerhall} is better than ever. In fact, you wouldn’t even know that the restaurant had been devastated, closed, and nearly completely rebuilt over the past six months.

Chris Rosamond, General Manager, chose to look on the bright side of things, and took the opportunity to really consider customer feedback from the past two years and incorporate new ideas into the revamped restaurant.

Wurst - Stephanie Arsenault - Global Dish “We like to think of it as taking the best of Wurst and making it better,” Rosamund said, adding that both the upstairs and downstairs portions of WURST now share one, more approachable and affordable menu. There’s now less of a focus on über-German dishes, and more sharing, family-style items.

The downstairs is brighter and fresher, and the only original items are the wooden beams and tables that were imported from Germany. The communal-style tables, weighing about 1,000 pounds each, were found floating in the water after the flood, and have since been decontaminated, kiln-dried, and re-planed. Kind of a beautiful testament to the resilience of the place – wouldn’t you say? Despite the changes, WURST still has that fun, community-driven, “cheers to pints with new friends!” kind of feel, but better.

So let’s all grab a frosty mug of kölsch and celebrate WURST’s reopening, shall we? Prost!

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