New owners at Woodfire Deli, host open house

Appearing in the November 30 issue of the Souris Plaindealer


The very popular Souris Woodfire Deli has new owners. Carlos Munaz and Diana Brana have purchased the business and will take ownership on December 1.

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Running a business isn’t new to Munaz and Brana, who both hail from Torreon, Mexico, nor is running a successful restaurant, they have done and are doing both. The couple has just sold their Brandon based restaurant, Brandon Hispano and they still own Hey Brandon and Hey Portage quarterly magazines. Carlos has a degree in marketing and Diana has a degree in human resources and both have their MBA.

According to Munaz, purchasing the Woodfire Deli wasn’t on his radar the first time he came to Souris. However, both her and Diana just happened to fall in love with the Woodfire and in fact the entire community of Souris when they came here for a day trip from the city.

“We just were amazed at how beautiful Souris was,” explained Carlos. “I actually came out to Souris to take part in an art class at Lagasse’s Studio and I just fell in love with this town. We came back just for a get away and loved the Woodfire Deli when we ate there.”

Munaz later got a call from a real estate person, Kit Harrison and he told him that the Woodfire was for sale. “I couldn’t actually believe it had come up for sale. Diana and I just knew we had to buy it because we loved it so much,” stated Munaz.

Outwardly, Woodfire customers won’t see too many changes. The staff, which Carlos says are amazing will remain the same. The menu was a main attraction for Munaz and Brana and that’s something that they are going to stick with going forward. They will add a bit of Mexican flavour to the list because it’s something that people have been asking him to do. “This place is so great that we don’t want to change it. What we want to do is enhance the menu and add some things,” Munaz said. “Our additions are a fuse between Italian and Mexican and I think that people will like what we offer.”

In addition to the slight menu enhancements, Carlos and Diana want to add some more items to the retail part of the business. “People like the unusual food items and things that are for sale here,” stated Munaz. “We plan to add a few more things that we have access to with a more Mexican flair such as vanilla. You’ll have to come in and see what else we have.”

If Tortilla soup is something you have a yearning for it’ll be on the menu. Additionally Carlos and Diana plan to add a Mexican pizza, beef and pork tacos and a very special Cochinita Pibil (Mexican pulled pork.)

As they purchased only the business and not the building, the couple will continue living in Brandon and commute for the time being. They hope to move to Souris and build a home in the future. For now they will move forward and continue to forge a relationship with the community. “The people here have been so kind and welcoming that we just feel like we are home,” explained Munaz. “We attended the Multicultural Festival last week and people kept coming up to meet us. We’re so excited to be here.”

Carlos and Diana have some big things planned for Saturday, December 1 when they hold their grand opening.  There will be Tortilla soup on the menu and a ribbon cutting at 5:00 p.m. followed by a blessing and refreshments. “This is a meet and greet and we’ll have food samples and live music,” stated Carlos. “We hope people will stop in a say hello while they enjoy the Santa parade later in the evening.”

Going forward, there will be a special New Years Eve supper on December 31. It will feature a four-course meal and there will be two seating times, one at 5:30 and one at 8:30 p.m. Reservations need to be made by December 22.

Remember to stop in at the Woodfire Deli and welcome the new owners December 1.



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