The WAKE UP JAKE Restaurant and Coffee Saloon – a Golden Opportunity

Wake Up Jake

Barkerville Historic Town is looking for a creative restaurateur to develop a unique British Columbian culinary experience with a distinctly Cariboo flavour. The Wake Up Jake Coffee Saloon should endeavor to present the spirit of late-19th century gold rush cuisine for the palates of an early-21st century family.

Barkerville Historic Town is requesting proposals for the seasonal operation of the Wake Up Jake Coffee Saloon, a 60+ seat, Victorian-style restaurant. This amazing, turn-key operation is a golden opportunity for the right entrepreneur, and requires little start-up investment.

The Wake Up Jake Coffee Saloon first opened in Barkerville in the early 1860s, and operated into the 1870s. It is now a private business within Barkerville Historic Town, the largest living history museum in western North America, and its facilities (including a fully-equipped industrial kitchen, tables, chairs, linen, tableware, and historical décor) are provided by the Barkerville Heritage Trust in return for a negotiable rental fee.

Proposals will be accepted, via post or email, by the closing date of Friday, February 22nd, 2013. There will be an optional (though recommended) viewing of the Wake Up Jake Coffee Saloon on Friday, February 15th, 2013. Proponents or their designated agents are strongly encouraged to attend.

For more information, please contact James Douglas, Manager, Visitor Experiences, at, or phone 1-888-994-3332 ext. 41.

Full details of this request for proposals, including a .pdf copy of the RFP, can be found at, as of February 1st, 2013.

Queen Victoria by Thomas Drasdauskis