Residents will soon have the opportunity to welcome a new restaurant to Swift Current, as construction on the new Ricky’s building nears completion.
The new venue will be opening in place of Humpty’s Family Restaurant, which closed its doors for the final time last month.
Owner of the local franchise, Kosta Kanakis, said that although the change will be a significant adjustment, customers will still be able to order some of their favourites off the old Humpty’s menu.
“There are going to be carryovers,” he elaborated. “Because it's the same franchise, basically everything: the quality, the hands and all that, that we buy and cook ourselves, they're all going to be the same.”
Kanakis also noted that the transition will bring more options and variety to those visiting the restaurant.
“It's going to be more fine dining,” he stated. “We're going to put in a variety of big steaks and stuff which are going to be on sizzlers and stuff at some point and all that.
“It has a really good evening and morning menu, but the difference is the Humpty’s served breakfast all day, and the Ricky’s will only serve until a specific time.”
The transition for Kanakis began in 2020, when 35 Humpty’s locations across Western Canada were bought out by FDF Brandz — which owns Ricky’s, Fatburger, and Famoso Pizzeria + Bar.
The businessman, who owned the Humpty’s Family Restaurant for the last decade, said that he is optimistic about the change.
“We're actually pretty excited about it, but I think it worked well with us because we wanted to get a new building going and this was a perfect opportunity for us to get it going and start from scratch,” he explained.
The new addition to Swift Current was originally scheduled to open during the summer, although issues with the supply chain forced the date to be pushed back.
Kanakis, who has been a business owner in the southwest for over 25 years, added that the opening day is now tentatively set for the beginning of October.
“This is the meat and potato country and people have been wanting it, so we're going to bring it back full speed,” he concluded.