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New management has a hold on the “Hut”
If there’s one food Castlegar is known for it’s borscht. The traditional Russian soup is popular throughout the area, not just among the Doukhobor community but the general population and visitors driving through town as well.
Although only open for a couple of months, the Castlegar Borscht Hut is already becoming a favourite destination for both local and visiting Borscht fans.
“We offer fresh borscht and other Russian dishes like vareniki and pyrahi,” said Amandeep Bahra, who runs the Borscht Hut with her husband Subhag. The Bahras also own Thrums Market and Deli, which they have owned and operated for two years. “Vereniki is like a perogy, while pyrahi is a veggie tart.”
The Borscht at the Castlegar Borscht Hut is made from only the freshest ingredients. “The borscht we make is Doukhobor borscht with all the veggies in it like celery, tomatoes, peppers, cabbage, beets, green onion dill, and lots of cream and butter,” said Bahra.
“People like the flavour of our very own special recipe.”
The borscht, vareneki, pyrahi, and other dishes are made fresh daily at the Borscht Hut. They also serve frozen entrees such as cabbage rolls, chicken pot pies, enchiladas, and more. The frozen entrees are made at Thrums Market and brought over to the Borscht Hut.
“There are no preservatives or anything,” she said. “It’s just like homemade. A lot of customers like them.”
Bahra wants people to know that the Castlegar Borscht Hut is now fully open and ready to serve great Russian cuisine.
“A lot of people were complaining that this place was closed,” she said. “We let them know that we are open everyday. People are happy now and we are getting more and more customers.”
The store also offers fresh sandwiches, take and bake pizzas, sausage rolls, salads, home-made bread, and more.
“People can eat here or take out. It’s up to them,” said Bahra. “They can come and sit down and eat. In the evening, a lot of people will pick up something for dinner.”
Amandeep and her husband have lived in Castlegar for almost two years. They came to the area from Kelowna where they owned and operated a gas station.
“We were looking for a business to run,” she said. “My brother runs the Shell station here and he told us about the area. ‘Why don’t you guys come here and look around and see if you like it’, he said. We came a few times and really liked the place and decided we wanted to live here.”
The Bahras found out the Thrums Market was for sale and they jumped on it. After a couple of years of success they opened up the Castlegar Borscht Hut and are ready to make that store a success as well.
“We really like the area,” she said. “The people are great. It’s peaceful and quiet here, not like a big city like Kelowna or Vancouver. My husband and I both like the small town.”