Front exterior view of the Roasted Chicken House restaurant, located at 3208-25th Ave.in 1992, what would today be the Sterling Centre. A Ukrainian restaurant and an eatery featuring tastes of Texas were also housed in the building at different times. (Museum and Archives of Vernon photo #10491)

Front exterior view of the Roasted Chicken House restaurant, located at 3208-25th Ave.in 1992, what would today be the Sterling Centre. A Ukrainian restaurant and an eatery featuring tastes of Texas were also housed in the building at different times. (Museum and Archives of Vernon photo #10491)

Vernon history in pictures

Remembering a once popular building that housed several different restaurants over the years

In 2022, it’s an office building.

But back in the 1970s and 80s, there once was a building in Vernon that housed several variations of restaurants.

The building is where the Sterling Centre is today, home to Remedy’s RX Pharmacy, dental and doctor offices, just off 25th Avenue, a block west of Polson Park.

As the photo from Museum and Archives of Vernon shows, there was a restaurant there whose feature was roasted chicken. There was also a Texas-themed restaurant in the location.

But perhaps the best-known and well-loved restaurant house there was The Pyrogy House, owned and operated by Steve (Senior) and Anna Fonyo. Their son, Stephen, gained fame in 1985 for running across Canada to raise money for cancer research after losing his leg to the disease as a child.

Anna Fonyo passed away in Kelowna this month, just a couple of months after the death of her son.

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