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The Green Man Blog, June 26, 2010
The Vancouver Sun

A million people have travelled the Sunshine Coast and completely missed the most beautiful place on the entire coastline.  Garden Bay is stunning and LaVerne Elms runs a funky little 30-year-old-hole-in-the-wall diner with views of the water and one of B.C.’s best sunsets.  LaVerne serves ling cod in a medium-weight seasoned batter with fresh fries, and makes big real-ice-cream ‘shakes.

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Customers ask successful restaurant to evolve name

by Susie Quinn, Connector Contributor
The Sunshine Coast Connector, Nov-Dec 2003

GARDEN BAY – LaVerne Elms is quick to smile as she efficiently cracks an egg over a grill, flips the toast and fries bacon for a mouthwatering breakfast.

The season is waning at her takeout restaurant on Garden Bay – it’s called Colonel Flounders, but next year will re-open as LaVerne’s Grill – and an unexpected lunchtime rush has arrived. Elms is in her element as she serves some tourists who have stopped in, as well as a few regulars who have boated over from one of the many moorages in the Garden Bay area.

This was Elms’s second year of operation with Colonel Flounders; she took a business that had been closed for two years and has turned it into a success. Elms offers a menu that includes breakfast, burgers, seafood, fries and other side dishes and 16 flavors of ice cream. All meals are cooked to order. Elms has a computer with Internet hook-up available for customers, and a hub where boaters can hook up their laptops. Her coffee – a special blend made specifically for her by
Twentymans Coffee in Garden Bay – is legendary.

Although Elms has spent the past 22 years in the hospitality industry (her last job was working in the business centre at the Four Seasons in Vancouver), she has never cooked for customers.
She has a software degree and a love of cooking. In her spare time she teaches computer classes on the side. No one is complaining about her food, in fact just the opposite.

“I’m very popular for my ling cod fish and chips – people come from Gibsons for them,” she says.

Elms lives in Madeira Park. When she enrolled in the self-employment program at Community Futures, her business advisor, Barry O’Hara, steered her towards re-opening Colonel Flounders. She leases the building she’s in, and has operated for two years. This will be her first winter closing (Elms closed the restaurant on Sept. 30).

The name change for next spring comes as a result of customer demand, she says. Although she has gained a reputation as Colonel Flounders, “I don’t think (the change) is going to hurt business,” she says. “Everybody calls it ‘LaVerne’s anyway.”

LaVerne’s Grill will open in April 2004 at the end of Garden Bay Road. Contact Laverne Elms at (604) 883-1333.