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Owners look to pass the torch at beloved Brackendale restaurant, The Nest

The popular local restaurant is on the market after years with the same owners.
Diana Johnstone and Eliza Carter make a toast at The Nest in Squamish.

Long-running Squamish area restaurant, The Nest, is for sale.

The beloved local restaurant was revealed to be on the market by a Facebook post by the two partners who run it, Eliza Carter and Diana Johnstone.

"Now is your opportunity to own this beautiful restaurant in Brackendale, B.C.," reads the post from Dec. 5.

"Frequented by locals and tourists alike, the sunny roofed patio and recently renovated dining room have lots of room for guests."

Carter, who has been a part-owner of The Nest since 2014, and previously worked with the former owner at the Government Rd. location from 2000 to 2008, told The Squamish Chief in an interview that it was time to move on, with their lease coming up for renewal in the near future.

"We've decided this is the right time to move on to other endeavours," she said.

"The cost of running a restaurant is astronomical. It's difficult—like everybody, we got through COVID, we got through all that stuff, but it was a lot, and we're going to look for other opportunities."

For Carter, she said she was looking at other opportunities outside of running a restaurant, while Johnstone has taken on ownership of the Fanny Bay Inn on Vancouver Island.

Carter said that it was a big decision to step away from a business that was a part of the community.

"It's difficult because a lot of the people who I serve there are my friends," she said, adding that The Nest had been around so long that often customers coming through the door were former employees in years past.

"There are so many people that have worked there in Squamish in the past. This is something that's so cool, there's so many people that come in the door and say they used to work [at The Nest] at one point or another. Now we're getting the children of the people that were coming in when I was here in 2000, and now those kids are my customers.

"I'm going to miss all of that for sure."

Any inquiries into the sale of The Nest can go through to Eliza Carter at

"This is a turn-key business and we are motivated to sell."


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