‘The Is­land is where I want to be’

Brier Is­land woman takes over Freeport res­tau­rant

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A pop­u­lar res­tau­rant in Freeport, Digby County – Lavena’s Catch Café – is now un­der new own­er­ship and the name has been changed to The Cap­tain’s Daugh­ter res­tau­rant.

Brooke Swift of Brier Is­land is open­ing the res­tau­rant on Mother’s Day week­end.

The name The Cap­tain’s Daugh­ter is in­spired by her fa­ther Mitchell Swift, who fishes in Brier Is­land on the boat the Hunter Buck.

“He has worked on a boat for as long as I have been around. Be­ing from a fish­ing­based com­mu­nity I thought the name fit per­fectly,” she says.

Swift has al­ways worked in the tourism and hos­pi­tal­ity field, re­cently she worked at the Light­house Café in Brier Is­land and pre­vi­ously worked at Lavena’s Catch Café.

It was a big jump for her to take over own­er­ship of the res­tau­rant.

“It took me a lit­tle while be­fore I was re­ally sure I wanted to do it. There is the ‘what if’s’ and ‘buts’ of course and won­der­ing if it was even pos­si­ble for me.”

Al­though it’s a change for her, she’s glad she de­cided to take the risk.

“I talked it over with my par­ents and even they were un­sure, but my mom Lisa Swift said she would be along for the ride with me. So ei­ther we fail, or we suc­ceed, but I won’t have to live life won­der­ing what it could have been.”

Born and raised on Brier Is­land, swift has no plans to leave any­time soon.

“The amount of work on the is­lands is very lim­ited and I plan to stay here for the rest of my life so why not do some­thing that I will al­ways be em­ployed as long as tourists keep com­ing.”

She briefly moved to Truro to study but re­al­ized she wanted to be closer to home.

“The Is­land is where I want to be,” she says.

Swift is ex­cited for open­ing day and can’t wait to see where this new chap­ter in life takes her.

“There is lots of con­cerns and ques­tions, but I need to take the risk and learn as I go.”

Reservations are fill­ing up quickly for open­ing week­end and the week­ends fol­low­ing that.

The res­tau­rant will be serv­ing seafood and some daily spe­cials. For more in­for­ma­tion and up­dates fol­low their Cap­tain’s Daugh­ter Res­tau­rant Face­book page.

“I am su­per ex­cited to start this jour­ney, I have al­ways dreamed about hav­ing my own res­tau­rant and mak­ing it a fun place to be,” Swift says. “I could not thank my mom and dad enough for help­ing and be­ing with me through this. Also, could not do it with­out Stan­ton and Lavena (pre­vi­ous own­ers) we thank them for guid­ing us and keep­ing our spir­its up.” The name ‘The Cap­tain’s Daugh­ter’ was in­spired by Brooke Swift’s fa­ther, Mitchell Swift. He fishes off Brier Is­land on the boat Hunter Buck.

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