SAIT alumus awakens Calgary’s downtown core
SAIT alumnus John Evans wakes up hundreds of Calgarians ever day at his award-winning haven for coffee lovers and foodies.
Through a combination of friendly staff and a trendy interior design, Bumpy’s Café creates an excellent environment for community within the Calgary’s downtown core. In fact, Evans says he’s witnessed many friendships brewing over a cup of coffee at Bumpy’s.
This strong sense of community is in every detail, including the café’s name.
Evans’ grandfather, whose nickname was Bumpy, owned an automotive shop in Calgary and the café is a way of carrying on his grandfather’s name and spirit of entrepreneurship.
“I wanted that family connection in the name because we were really basing our menu on quality, home-cooked food, using family recipes,” said Evans.
A native Calgarian, Evans worked in the restaurant and hospitality industry for 15 years before attending SAIT.
In 2001, Evans signed up for the business administration program as a part-time student. He took complimentary courses at MRU while continuing to work full time as an accountant and payroll administrator.
After his three-year study at SAIT, the opportunity to open a coffee shop surfaced. Evans debuted Bumpy’s Café in August 2005, and credits the education he received at SAIT as a big factor behind the café’s success.
“Besides my previous career experience, I couldn’t have owned and operated one of the most successful café’s in Calgary if I didn’t have the administration education I received at SAIT,” he said.
Bumpy’s was rated best café in Calgary in 2006 by well-known Calgary food writer John Gilchrist, and was also featured in Gilchrist’s top 50 restaurants in Calgary.
Bumpy’s has also won the Krups Kups of Excellence for best café in Calgary in 2007 and 2008.
In the future, Evans looks to open a second location for Bumpy’s Café after the current shop receives a facelift.