Since 2009, you have been coming back again and again to The Coffee Cottage because of our homemade, handcrafted food at prices that don’t break the bank. You have been coming to us to connect with friends. You have been coming to us because we consider you like family.
This, for us, is what comfort food is all about.
Though The Coffee Cottage has changed hands, you should know that we will always be a place to call home. A place where your old favourites will have top billing (though we may sneak in some new recipes to liven things up every once in a while!). A place where nourishing your belly is as important as tickling your tastebuds. A place that will feel familiar and welcoming as soon as you walk in the front door.
Let us do the cooking
& cleaning tonight!
The Coffee Cottage opened its doors in 2009 as a small intimate coffee shop with a few tables, a limited menu, and an idea that reasonably priced – hand-crafted food and a decent cup of coffee could bring customers through the door. The idea worked, and over the next few years, the residents of Innisfail came to faithfully support the café. They returned for not only the food and beverages but for the down-home, make-you-feel-welcome attitude the original owners Joe & Jodi cultivated. As the business grew, so did the restaurant, and in 2015 they expanded into the adjacent space, doubling the seating capacity.
Wanting to grow the business and serve another sector of Innisfail and Red Deer County, in 2017 The Coffee Cottage expanded into catering. This division of the business built a regular clientele that now includes many local and area businesses and organizations. The company also has successfully catered numerous weddings over the years, and have focused on growing this aspect of the catering business as more out-of-towners discover Innisfail as a unique destination wedding venue.
In 2020, the COVID-19 crisis necessitated Joe & Jodi to shut down operations temporarily. With time away from the pulse of every day business, they realized that this might be an opportunity to continue to take things a little slower, and as such, decided to put The Coffee Cottage up for sale. Within the blink of an eye, local residents and Coffee Cottage fans Dale & Shaun saw an opportunity to keep this Innisfail institution thriving, and so begins the next chapter of the business.
Money can’t buy happiness
But it can buy coffee!
As we get to know you better over the next while, we thought you might want to know a little more about us!
Shaun has lived in Red Deer County his whole life and attended school here in Innisfail. As a kid, he loved to spend time in the kitchen with his mom, making meals go further for his family including two hungry brothers. In his teens and early twenties, Shaun learned about the art of customer service and front-of-house management working at The Cheesecake Cafe. Until recently he has worked at one of the local vehicle dealership as a red seal parts technician, but he has been dreaming of making a go of his own business.
Dale grew up in Calgary and also inherited a love of cooking and baking from his family. Spending time on his grandparents’ farms he learned to grow and harvest produce. From both his grandmothers he learned many approaches to pickling and preserving and how to make use of every element. Starting in his late teens, Dale worked in several restaurants in Calgary and Banff, moving on to one of the top catering companies in Calgary for a number of years. When he moved to Victoria BC, he took on a number of catering gigs under his own name. Dale has an attention to detail and loves to develop and modify recipes to take them to the next level.
When Shaun spotted the post on Facebook that Joe and Jodi were looking to sell The Coffee Cottage, we decided to set our big dreams in motion. We saw a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to keep a beloved local business on the map – to infuse a tried-and-true business with the ideal balance of nostalgia and fresh ideas. We are thrilled to share our passion with you as the business grows. Thank you in advance for your continuing support of this Innisfail institution!