We are happy to report that our design plans for the new Bumbleberry Building were approved on March 17th by the Springdale Planning Commission. While the spirit and essence of Bumbleberry remains unchanged, the building is getting a modern update, with more windows, a different roof line, wood features, and enhanced with natural stone from the area. The entrances will be more traditional and ties in with our Inn building. The building itself will be set back further from the road, creating a large plaza and gathering area. Inside, the gift shop will return with a tongue and grove ceiling, exposed beams, and an open feel. The Bumbleberry Bakery will be moved to the front of the building, and have a stronger presence. We will be keeping all the treats that our visitors have come to crave over the years, and plan on adding a few more surprises with the expansion. One thing that isn’t changing is the pie. It will continue to be the same recipe, the same process, and the same delicious taste. The restaurant space will return, with a bigger focus on outdoor seating. With one of the best locations in all of Springdale, the views from the outdoor patio will impress, no matter what direction is being viewed. Finally, there are big plans for the Bumbleberry Theater, including a variety of entertainment options throughout the season, and the ability to slide back the tiered seats and create a dining or conference space. We are so excited to finally be able to share our plans for the new building and move forward with the next steps of the rebuild process.
With the rebuilding of our restaurant, gift shop, bakery and theater building (which burned down in November 2020), we’ve had a moment to pause and look back over the 49 years our family has owned Bumbleberry. We are now in the third generation of our family-owned business, and Grandpa’s lessons still ring in our ears. Creating a memorable experience that visitors share with their friends and family has always been one of our top priorities. The impact we’ve had on our guests over these last 49 years was especially felt when so many people reached out with their condolences, and took the time to share what our business and family has meant to them over the years: anniversaries remembered, proposals celebrated, first dates, memories of family trips, and traditions of Bumbleberry Pie after a day hiking in Zion. As we begin the rebuilding process, we feel the weight to honor what has come before us, retain what people loved about Bumbleberry, and utilize the opportunities that come when starting with a blank slate.
We anticipate presenting our plans to the Springdale Planning Commission on March 17th, and if approved, will share the designs and floor plans shortly thereafter. We appreciate everyone’s support as our family moves through the rebuilding stages. We are so excited to share our plans, both remembering our past 49 years, and looking forward to decades more.