The Happy Nun Cafe, out of Forget, now has new ownership in Gayla Gilbertson. With her passion for food, Gayla also plans on being the chef of the establishment as well.
"We just needed to get it going again, it's just been this kind of empty space in the community and for ourselves and judging by the response we've been getting from throughout most of south-east Saskatchewan, it's been missed," says Gayla Gilbertson.
The Happy Nun Cafe has been closed for months when earlier this year saw a tragic accident claim the life of Katie Vinge-Riddell, owner and Chef of the Happy Nun Cafe.
The Happy Nun Cafe is close to Gayla's heart, she worked there for Katie and Riley Riddell and her home in Forget allows her to see the Happy Nun from her window. Gayla and her husband went on their first date at the Happy Nun Cafe and even held their wedding supper there.
"I'm super excited for it, the community support, Forget is a very small community, but the amount of heart here is just amazing and everybody is so supportive and so happy it's reopening," says Gilbertson.
Gayla's passion for food will allow her to add to the menu, however, there are recipes that will be passed on so she can continue some of the favourite meals.
"It's going to be some of the old stuff so a lot of the things that people are familiar with and loved about the Nun are going to stay because that's what I loved about the Nun too," says Gilbertson.
The Happy Nun Cafe will continue hosting live music and will support local musicians and suppliers as much as possible. Gayla plans to hold more events at the location but will maintain the welcoming feel the establishment previously had.
The grand re-opening will be February 3rd, 2018. The Happy Nun Cafe has already gained a lot of attention around the re-opening and reservations and event tickets are selling out quickly. To learn more about the Happy Nun visit their Facebook page "The Happy Nun Cafe."